Happy New Year! Or is it too late to say that? Find out by listening to our latest installment of the Michigan Municipal League’s first Monday Morning Live broadcast of 2019. We recorded it Monday, Jan. 7, and talked about the final days of the Lame Duck legislative session, what bills Governor Snyder vetoed and signed, and what we could expect from new Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the new legislature – Michigan’s 100th Legislature. And we even had some fun with John.
We hope you listen to the full 30-minute discussion, but for those of you in a hurry, here is a list of the time stamps on key issues we talked about today (here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/MMLeague/videos/289744645019770/):
1:20 – Lame Duck, what happened in the final few days? Of 400 bills that went to the Governor’s desk the League was actively following about 100 of them.
5:45 – Governor vetoes 56 of the nearly 400 new bills, including the pet shop bills that Jen Rigterink in our office actively opposed. What else did he veto?
10:07 – Question from Facebook about the new sign law, Jen answers.
13:00 – “Emily FOIA” update – bills signed into law!
14:52 – Governor signs executive order banning LGBT discrimination in state contracts. Was this a surprise?
15:45 – New Governor, New Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, Justices and others sworn into office on January 1. Thoughts on the inauguration speeches and messaging and “building bridges.”
18:55 – Can the Republican-held legislature (Michigan’s 100th Legislature) get along with and get things done with our Democratic governor?
19:50 – New name for a House committee – the Local Government Committee is now called the House Local Government and Municipal Finance committee. Is our SaveMICity.org effort making a difference?
23:20 – Today is the first day registration is open for the League’s 2019 Capital Conference happening in March. Go here or to mml.org to register.
23:40 – Learn more about what happened during the Lame Duck legislative on our Inside 208 blog here.
25:20 – Fun with John segment. When should we stop wishing people Happy New Year and more fun questions for John.