CHICAGO — As Michigan lawmakers consider a bill aimed at protecting the Detroit Institute of Arts' prized collection from the city's fiscal crisis, bankruptcy attorneys said it would be difficult — but not impossible — for creditors to get their hands on the valuable asset.

Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr sparked the debate last week when he suggested the DIA's collection could be used to cover the cash-strapped city's debts. Orr also warned that the collection could be vulnerable to creditors in a Chapter 9 scenario. The city owns the museum.

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