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Law suit filed against Gov. Snyder for using old EFM law

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FLINT, MI (WNEM/AP) -

WNEM.com is following breaking news in Flint where there could be a major shakeup at City Hall.

A new lawsuit has been filed against Gov. Rick Snyder, which states that the Emergency Financial Manager law should be removed.

Right now the EFM is still in power in Flint, but that could change once the suit is debated in court.

A lawsuit filed against the state by civil rights lawyers claims Michigan's emergency manager law is dead.

The Sugar Law Center and the Center for Constitutional Rights says in a statement Thursday that the state has no emergency manager law because Public Act 4 has been suspended pending a statewide ballot proposal vote Nov. 6.

Attorney General Bill Schuette and Gov. Rick Snyder have said the state has reverted to the old emergency manager law, Public Act 72.

"At this moment, there is no law authorizing the use of emergency managers in the state of Michigan," said John Philo, Legal Director of the Sugar Law Center. "The suit we filed is based on the obvious fact that there cannot be emergency managers without the legal framework to support them.  The new law has been suspended and the old law is dead."

"The rule of law and democracy are still under attack despite the suspension of PA-4," said Benton Harbor Commissioner Mary Alice Adams. "It is discouraging that the state's top elected official shows such little regard for the will of the voters that he is willing to ride roughshod over the law to keep emergency managers in place."

"The emergency manager law disproportionately impacts low income people and communities of color," said Darius Charney, Center for Constitutional Rights Attorney. "Governor Snyder is trying to sneak around the law to keep them even more disenfranchised than they already are."

Emergency managers are operating in Benton Harbor, Flint, Pontiac and Ecorse, as well as in school districts in Detroit, Highland Park and Muskegon Heights. 

WNEM.com will update this story with new information as it becomes available.

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