Introduced by Rep. Shanelle Jackson (D) on January 26, 2012, to revise the population threshold in a law that gives Detroit the power to borrow more than other cities, without a vote of the people. The Michigan constitution prohibits passing “local acts” with less than a two thirds majority vote in the House and Senate, so the legislature has circumvented this by granting certain privileges or exemptions to “a city with a population greater than 1 million,” later revised to 900,000, and then 750,000. This bill changes that to 600,000.
Referred to the House Local, Intergovernmental, and Regional Affairs Committee on January 26, 2012.
Reported in the House on February 23, 2012, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.