Detroit emergency manager awarded multi-million dollar contract to his former law firm

Michigan lawmaker’s bill targets contracts

by state emergency managers

Lawmaker said proposal stems from Kevyn Orr pushing Detroit to contract with his former firm.

DETROIT — A Michigan lawmaker is attempting to stop state-appointed emergency managers from being allowed to approve contracts with firms they’ve worked for, saying the move is in response to Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr pushing the city to contract with his former law firm as Detroit’s lead bankruptcy counsel.

Michigan state Rep. Doug Geiss, a Democrat from Taylor, said Monday that he introduced House Bill 4945, which would impose many of the ethics rules applied to state and local elected officials to emergency managers — who now run Detroit, its public school system and several other cities and school districts around the state.


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