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Under the plan that passed on a party-line vote, struggling local governments would have four options to get out of financial distress: emergency management; a consent agreement; mediation; or Chapter 9 bankruptcy.
Opponents of the legislation say it’s just a replacement of the Emergency Manager law already struck down in the November election. But supporters point out that this legislation has several key differences from the measure struck down on the statewide ballot including giving local officials a greater role in the process and providing more approaches to resolving their fiscal crises.
The legislation was substituted into a bill which passed the Senate last year. It replaces Public Act 4 of 2011 that was repealed by voters last month.
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