Director of Communications
Michigan Municipal League
(734) 669-6317; C: (810) 874-1073
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 18, 2020
Michigan Municipal League Thanks Governor Whitmer for Flexibility in Running Local Government Meetings
The following can be attributed to Dan Gilmartin, CEO and Executive Director of the Michigan Municipal League:
Members of the Michigan Municipal League take their responsibilities to operate local governments in a transparent fashion seriously, and strongly support the Open Meetings Act. However, given the conflicts between traditional meetings of elected officials and the public health recommendations to limit face-to-face gatherings, we are pleased that Governor Whitmer has provided us with the clear ability to use remote-access-technology for necessary community meetings.
While many public meetings are being cancelled, it is imperative that local governing bodies continue meeting for the purposes of passing budgets, authorizing emergency spending, and taking other action necessary to conduct essential government business. In conducting remote-access meetings, it is required that local units of government comply with all the requirements of the executive order, including notice provisions and maintaining public access and participation.
We thank Governor Whitmer for taking extraordinary action in this time of crisis and look forward to returning to regular meeting operations as quickly as possible.
To read the complete Executive Order, click here.
For additional information contact Matt Bach, communications director for the Michigan Municipal League, at 810-874-1073 and [email protected].
About the League: Michigan Municipal League is dedicated to making Michigan’s communities better by thoughtfully innovating programs, energetically connecting ideas and people, actively serving members with resources and services, and passionately inspiring positive change for Michigan’s greatest centers of potential: its communities. The League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington, D.C., and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services. Learn more at mml.org.