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Emergency managers bill sweeps toward final approval --Union rights advocates call for mass protest 10 Mar 2011 The Michigan Senate yesterday approved legislation that threatens to take over and even dissolve local governments that refuse to balance their budgets by breaking labor contracts. According to the law, which has already been approved in the House, the governor will be able to declare "financial emergency" in towns or school districts and appoint someone to fire local elected officials, break contracts, seize and sell assets, and eliminate services. Under the law, whole cities or school districts could be eliminated without any public participation or oversight, and amendments designed to provide minimal safeguards and public involvement were voted down. An amendment to require Emergency Managers to hold monthly public meetings to let people know how they are governing was rejected by Senate Republicans, along with proposals to cap Emergency Manager compensation and require that those appointed to run school districts have some background in education.