The 12th bankruptcy bill: Lansing adds one more

The 12th bankruptcy bill: Lansing adds one more

Amid concerns that Mayor Mike Duggan would not be able serve on the oversight committee that would keep an eye on Detroit’s finances, Rep. John Walsh (R-Livonia) introduced House Bill 5600 this week.

It’s far less exciting than the other 11 bills, passed by the House last week, which would provide funding and oversight for Detroit after the city emerges from bankruptcy. Among those is the $195 million appropriation from the state to the pension fund and the proposal to prevent the Detroit Institute of Arts from renewing its existing $23 million annual millage. The bills await Senate consideration.

The special House Committee on Detroit’s Recovery and Michigan’s Future, chair by Walsh, plans a hearing on the bill June 4. The measure adds a paragraph to the existing law that prevents elected officials from holding “incompatible public offices.” The new languages reads:

(This law) does not prohibit the mayor, the chief executive officer, or a member of the legislative body of a qualified city from serving as a member of a financial review commission for the qualified city that is established under the Michigan Financial Review Commission Act.

In simple language, that means Mayor Duggan could name himself as his representative on the committee.

-By WDET’s Sandra Svoboda

@WDETSandra and nextchapter@wdet.org

 

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