The Michigan House passed the League-supported fix to the Dark Stores issue today by an amazing margin! Receiving majority support from both Republicans and Democrats, the House voted 97-11 to move the proposed changes in House Bill 5578 over to the Senate. This was a critical first step in the legislative process and provides an important boost to the ongoing prospects for the bill.
With the Legislature expected to begin their summer recess at some point this week, the League and other local government partners will be working to secure committee action in the Senate upon their expected September return to session.
The success of today’s vote would not have been possible without involvement from League members all around the state, so thank you to everyone who contacted their legislators these past few weeks! Our fight is not over though. Opponents of this bill are working hard to keep this legislation bottled up in the Senate. Please take every opportunity this summer to talk directly with your State Senator about the importance of this legislation to your community and urge them to support HB 5578 and its swift consideration in the Senate.
Chris Hackbarth is the League’s director of state affairs. He can be reached at 517-908-0304and firstname.lastname@example.org.