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Senate committee considers exception to government immunity

Posted on July 16, 2012 by Dene Westbrook

On Wednesday, July 18 the Senate Energy & Technology Committee is holding a hearing Senate Bills 1083 and 1084, bills that would create an exception for governmental immunity for a municipal corporation with respect to its obligations under the MISS-DIG Act.

The bills as introduced are basically obsolete as we have worked with the Senate and Governor’s office on a number of drafts over the last two months. Following a workgroup this morning, we are still working on details of the legislation.

The League opposes a full exception to governmental immunity under the MISS-DIG Act, and we’ve been working on alternative language. The discussions with the legislature and other interest groups have been productive. The intent is to vote the bills out of committee on Wednesday but still work on the legislation on the Senate floor.

Samantha Harkins works for the Michigan Municipal League handling municipal services and energy and technology issues.  She can be reached at 517-908-0306 or email at sharkins@mml.org

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