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Members of a commission charged with revising Detroit’s governing charter


The commission is re-writing Detroit’s governing charter to change everything from how the city’s police chief and corporation counsel are appointed, to how utility rates are adjusted. Governor Gretchen Whitmer says an analysis by the Michigan Attorney General’s office found severe legal deficiencies in the proposal, and that the changes could ultimately force the state to again oversee Detroit’s finances.

Now the commission alleges in a statement that state officials are basing their analysis on what it calls “unreliable” information supplied by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s office…and that other concerns involve – quote – “minor clarifications in the language and non-legal issues.”

The charter revision could be presented as a ballot proposal in Detroit’s August elections.