March 14, 2012

Governor signs two inch rule legislation

Yesterday afternoon the Governor signed HB 4589, a bill reinstating the long standing two inch rule for sidewalk liability. Under the new statute, PA 50 of 2012, there is a rebuttable presumption that a local unit of government properly maintained…
March 10, 2012

Local officials and League in DC for national conference

This week is the National League of Cities Congressional Cities Conference and yours truly along with League CEO/Executive Director Dan Gilmartin, and local officials from across Michigan are descending on our nation's capitol during what will be a critical week…
March 10, 2012

Transportation bill moving forward

The U.S. Senate is moving forward with legislation, S. 1813, that would put in place a new two year transportation authorization.  Floor votes began last week on amendments after agreement was reached by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch…
March 7, 2012

Governor delivers public safety message

This morning Governor Rick Snyder delivered his public safety message. The message will be available on the Governor's website. There are several key points that affect our communities. They include: $10 million of the $25 million EVIP grant funds will…
March 6, 2012

House committee passes public employee disclosure bill

This afternoon the House Oversight, Reform and Ethics committee passed HB 5196, a bill creating the Public Employee Compensation Disclosure Act. The committee passed bill may be viewed here: HB 5196 h-1.pdf (10.83 kb) The committee passed version requires a…
March 6, 2012

Yard waste ban exemption passes committee

This morning the House Energy & Technology Committee reported House Bills 4265 and 4266, bills that lift the yard waste ban exemption for landfills in certain instances. The bills changed from the introduced version to require yard waste to remain…
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