Legislative Link
June 28, 2011

PA 312 Reform Passes Houselansing

Late Thursday the House passed HB 4522, a bill amending PA 312. The bill passed by a vote of 107-1. This bill makes several changes to PA 312 including defining ability to pay and making it the top factor for an arbitrator to consider. It also speeds up timelines and moves up the last best offer. For more information, see the League’s Inside 208 blog. Contact Samantha Harkins, sharkins@mml.org.


State Affairs Update

capitolBill to Prevent Locals from Regulating Natural Resources Mining Moving Fast

The Senate Natural Resources Committee last week considered HB 4746. This bill would overturn local control for any mining of natural resources. It would require locals to prove that there are no serious consequences in order to have any ordinance affect a mining operation. The bill as passed by the House simply codifies the Silva case, which the Michigan Supreme Court overturned in 2010. For more information, see the League’s Inside 208 blog. Contact Andy Schor, aschor@mml.org. 


Public Employee Health Hard Cap Legislation Passes House

Two-Inch Rule Fix Passes House

Legislation to Mandate Bid Specs for Public Construction Contracts On Deck

Complete Streets Still a Priority with MDOT

Ninety-Day Foreclosure Negotiation Law Extension Passes Committee

MDOT Announces 2013 Federal Program Application Deadlines

AmeriCorps Volunteers Available for Housing Agencies

MAM Summer Workshop Registration Now Available!

Federal Update

us capitolAmtrak Privatization Discussion Raises Concerns The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has taken testimony on legislation dubbed, "Competition for Intercity Passenger Rail in America."  This draft legislation, sponsored by the Committee Chair, Congressman John Mica of Florida, has raised concerns among passenger rail advocates. See the League’s Inside 208 blog for more information. Contact Arnold Weinfeld, aweinfeld@mml.org. MORE>

Homeland Security Budget Slashed

Support CDBG!

Off-System Bridge Program in Jeopardy

Legislation Protecting Public Access TV Introduced

Rural Development Solid Waste Grants Available

21st Century Communities

zeelandSirolli Entrepreneur Training Available – Earlier this year, the Michigan Municipal League facilitated a three-day training session with Ernesto Sirolli for local officials to learn techniques in how to retain, attract, and coach entrepreneurs in their community. We are again partnering with Sirolli to offer a similar three-day session September 7-9 at the League Capital Office in Lansing. Read more at the League’s 21c3 blog. Contact: Arnold Weinfeld, aweinfeld@mml.org. MORE>

National Association of Realtors Determines Americans Like Mixed-Used, Walkable Neighborhoods

Complete Streets Communities Number Growing

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

Transit Options for Boomers May Be Few


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