DETROIT (WXYZ) - A lawsuit has been filed in federal court challenging the Emergency Manager law under the grounds that it violates federal civil rights and voting rights.
The lawsuit contends that the law "effectively establishes a new form of government within the State of Michigan" and that the "new form of government allows Michigan cities and other forms of municipal corporations to be ruled by one unelected official, who is vested with broad legislative power and whose orders, appointments, expenditures and other decisions are not reviewable by local voters."
In other words, the lawsuit contends that the act that establishes the Emergency Manager in Michigan violates the rights of collective bargaining, the right to an elected, republican form of government, the right to freedom of speech, the right to petition local government and the right to equal protection under the law to vote in local elections and remove emergency managers.
The lawsuit also contends that the act violates the right of people to vote under the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
The lawsuit is asking the court to declare that emergency manager act violates the US Constitution.
They also want the court to put an injunction in place against any present or future Emergency Managers from exercising authority under the act.
The suit also asks for liquidated, compensatory and punitive damages.