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June 21, 2011

Urban Cooperation Act Hearing Held in Senate


  The Senate Reforms, Restructuring and Reinventing Committee held testimony Wednesday on HBs 4309-4312 which amend the Urban Cooperation Act and other relevant statutes. The League testified in support of this legislation and also indicated a need to make these acts consistent with SB 8 (the Municipal Partnership Act) which passed committee earlier. Contact: Samantha Harkins, sharkins@mml.org.


State Affairs Update

capitolTwo-Inch Rule Bill Passes House Committee –

On Thursday, the House Judiciary Committee reported HB 4589 which would reinstate the two-inch rule for municipal sidewalk liability. This bill is a huge victory for local units of government who are struggling with the costs of sidewalk liability following last year's Supreme Court ruling in Robinson v. City of Lansing. For more information, see the League’s Inside 208 blog. Contact: Samantha Harkins, sharkins@mml.org.


Senate Committee Passes Two-Inch Rule Fix

MDOT Announces 2013 Federal Program Application deadlines

Road Maintenance Best Practice Conference July 26

Video Franchise Law Reviewed in Senate Hearing

House Reviews Minimum Staffing Requirements

State Transportation Commission to meet in Benton Harbor

AmeriCorps Volunteers Available for Housing Agencies

MAM Summer Workshop Registration Now Available!

Federal Update

us capitolHomeland Security Budget Slashed The U.S. House has passed the 2012 appropriations bill for the Department of Homeland Security, H.R. 2017, and in doing so reduced funding for state and local programs by more than $1.5 billion from the current fiscal year. To read more, visit the League’s Inside 208 blog. Contact: Arnold Weinfeld, aweinfeld@mml.org MORE>

Support CDBG!

Off-System Bridge Program in Jeopardy

Federal Complete Streets Legislation Introduced

Legislation Protecting Public Access TV Introduced

Rural Development Solid Waste Grants Available

21st Century Communities

zeelandJune 19-25 declared "Small Cities Week" by NLC – The National League of Cities has declared the week of June 19-25 as "Small Cities Week." As noted in the NLC press release, the week is meant to "celebrate the accomplishments of the nation’s small communities and draw attention to the essential roles small cities and towns play in American life." Read more at the League’s Inside 208 blog. Contact Arnold Weinfeld, aweinfeld@mml.org. MORE>

Sirolli Entrepreneur Training Available

"Shining Light Regional Cooperation Awards" Invites the Public to Nominate Their Community Leaders

Transit Options for Boomers May Be Few


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