The House Transportation Committee passed legislation that would create a Regional Transit Authority (RTA) in Southeast Michigan. The bills passed were SB 909, 911, 912 and SB 967. These bills create the structure for the RTA in southeast Michigan, and will allow Michigan to bring in millions in federal transit dollars. An amendment was offered to address the League’s concerns about total zoning pre-emption, but that amendment was defeated (along with two other amendments). The bills passed with Republicans voting for them and Democrats passing on the vote (which is the same as abstaining). The League supports the RTA in concept, but has concerns the local zoning pre-emptions.
Nikki Brown is a Legislative Associate for the League handling economic development issues. She can be reached at [email protected] or 517-908-0305.