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Lawmaker Proposes Emergency Manager Ethics Rules

Lawmaker Proposes Emergency Manager Ethics Rules

A Michigan lawmaker wants to stop state-appointed emergency managers from being allowed to approve contracts with businesses they've worked for previously.

Democrat state Rep. Doug Geiss of Taylor told the Detroit Free Press Monday that the bill would impose ethics rules.

The bill also would prohibit companies where emergency managers were owners, partners, employees or significant investors from being hired to handle bankruptcy proceedings for the cities or school districts the emergency managers represent.

Geiss says the move is in response to the case of Detroit's emergency manager Kevyn Orr, who formerly worked for the Jones Day law firm. Orr resigned in March after accepting the Detroit job. A contract involving Detroit and the firm was approved in April.

Officials deny any conflict.

 

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