06/08/2012 08:55 am ET

Michigan House Approves Detroit Lighting Authority, But Not Without A Fight Over Union Workers

By Jonathan Oosting

State representatives saw the light on Thursday night, approving legislation that, with Senate approval, will allow Detroit to transfer its troubled streetlight system to a public authority.

A dispute over union workers had nearly derailed the process, resulting in two scrapped votes in as many days before a friendly amendment encouraged Democrats to rally behind the main bill, which eventually passed 79-27.

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