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June 27, 2010

Complete Streets Legislation Reported from Senate Committee

n a little bit of a surprise move, the Senate Transportation committee voted unanimously last week to report the main bill in the Complete Streets package, HB 6151, to the Senate floor for further action. The committee was originally scheduled to just hear testimony from interest groups on the two bills in the package, with further committee meetings and testimony expected prior to a vote, sometime later this summer. The legislation is expected to be considered tomorrow on the Senate floor, and it could be sent to the Governor as early as this week for her signature. MORE>

State Affairs Update

Obsolete Property Rehab Act Extension on Way to Governor – Last week the Senate passed HB 6203, which will extend the Obsolete Property Rehabilitation Act abatement for another six years. This abatement is a tool that many communities use to rehabilitate old and obsolete buildings. It has been very effective in many communities throughout the state. MORE> Dr. Soji Adelaja Joins the Outstanding Presenter Line-Up for ConventionSymposium Helps Clear the Air Around Michigan’s Medical Marihuana Act Register Today for the MAM Summer Workshop!

Federal Update

U.S. Senate Rejects House Supplemental and Mandatory Collective Bargaining Language – The U.S. Senate has rejected the House version of HR 4899, which is to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Included in the legislation and also rejected, though, is language originally inserted by the House that would mandate collective bargaining of municipalities, counties and states when dealing with public safety employees.MORE>

Health Care Reform Webinar – Save the Date! Federal Medicaid Funding and the State Budget $1 Billion for NSP 3 in Financial Reform Bill PEG Issues Get a Push in Congress

Hazard Mitigation Funds Available Feds Open Early Retiree Reinsurance ProgramState Looking for Proposals to Fast Track NSP Funds
Michigan Recovery Act Funding Tracking Map CreatedLeague Federal Webpage

21st Century Communities

Municipalities Use Social Media to Bridge Communication Gap – The Lansing State Journal ran a good story about the rising use of social media tools by local governments to communicate with residents. Local officials and governments are using the usual social media sites such as Facebook, but are also using other tools such as Nixle and SeeClickFix to report to residents both emergency and non-emergency issues. MORE> Entrepreneurial Communities Project Accepting Applications Farmers Market Grants Available

Get to Know Your Food Desert

Michigan Manufacturing Transforming

Airports as Transportation Hubs

Artists Aren’t the Only Ones Who Make Money at the Ann Arbor Art Fairs
eCities 2010 Study Now Open21c3’s “Eight Assets” Included in Saline, MI Strategic Plan! Community Development Training Announced Funding Available for Community Sustainability Projects

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