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Michigan votes to get rid of emergency manager law

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LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan residents have voted down the state's emergency managers law.

Voters on Tuesday defeated a proposal to keep the law that allowed state-appointed managers to dismiss local elected leaders and negate union contracts in municipalities and school districts deemed to be in fiscal emergencies.

The vote is a blow to Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, who championed the law and argued the state must be able help Michigan's struggling areas. Snyder has so far appointed managers in five cities and three school districts.

He said Wednesday morning that everyone wants to see communities succeed, but the best tool to help them now is off the table.

Critics argued the law was a state power grab that usurped local elected officials' rights.

Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville says he and fellow Republicans have a proposal for a law to replace the one shot down by voters, but haven't released details because it's under legal review.

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