CHICAGO — Michigan lawmakers are considering a package of bills to provide relief for local governments struggling to make debt-service payments on special assessment debt issued for failing developments.

The House Committee of Local, Intergovernmental, and Regional Affairs is in the midst of holding hearings and studying House bills 4148-4150 and 4538. Introduced by Rep. Cindy Denby, R-Handy Township, the measures would divert a chunk of water-pollution control fund dollars into a new fund that local units would tap to help cover debt-service payments on water and sewer bonds.

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