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June 27, 2010
Complete Streets Legislation Reported from Senate Committee
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!
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>
21st Century Communities
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
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