WASHINGTON — Rep. John Conyers, Jr. is urging the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee to hold hearings about the increasing number of municipality filings for bankruptcy under Chapter 9 and whether cities are misusing the process to “unilaterally abrogate obligations” otherwise protected by law such as those to retirees and bondholders.

Conyers, D-Mich., made the request in a five-page letter sent to committee chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R. Va, saying the hearings are “of somewhat urgent interest,” since Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilin ruled Friday that Detroit’s bankruptcy filing is unconstitutional due to its impact on workers’ pensions. The judge ordered that the Chapter 9 petition be withdrawn.

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