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Michigan Emergency Manager Law Referendum Will Go On November Ballot, Supreme Court Rules

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Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, left, and Gov. Rick Snyder address the media during a news conference in the mayor's office in Detroit, Monday, June 4, 2012. On Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, the state Supreme Court ruled a referendum on the Michigan emergency manager law will appear on the November ballot. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, left, and Gov. Rick Snyder address the media during a news conference in the mayor's office in Detroit, Monday, June 4, 2012. On Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, the state Supreme Court ruled a referendum on the Michigan emergency manager law will appear on the November ballot. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Supreme Court says a referendum on the state's emergency manager law will appear on the November ballot.

Republican Justice Mary Beth Kelly provided the crucial vote for Friday's decision, joining three Democratic justices.

The court ruling means voters will decide whether to keep or kill a law that sends powerful emergency managers into distressed communities and school districts to fix their finances.

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