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December 14, 2010
   

Sunday Morning Liquor Sales Clarification

There has been tremendous confusion over Sunday morning liquor sales and whether communities have to opt-out for just the morning or all day. League staff has been told by both the chair of the Liquor Commission and the legislative director of Liquor Control that the Liquor Commission will honor whatever the community passes. If it is a Sunday morning prohibition, that will be honored and no permits will be issued. If it is all day Sunday, that will be honored and no permits will be issued. MORE>

State Affairs Update

League Requests Veto on SB 77 Which Impacts Principal Residence Exemptions – Last week, the League sent Governor Granholm a letter requesting that she veto SB 77, which was passed late Thursday night of the Lame Duck session. The bill was substituted late in the evening on the day it passed the Legislature and would specify that homes going through foreclosure that are owned by banks and lending institutions can maintain the principal residence exemption (the 18 mills of local school tax). MORE>

Legislature Will Be In Session December 15

Snyder Bullish On Michigan

Complete Streets Advisory Council Announced

Public Comment Period Extended for DNRE Rules Proposal

MDOT Seeks Input On Five-Year Plan



Federal Update

Michigan Congressmen Get Key Positions – As Republicans in the U.S. House begin to organize for their turn in the majority next year, two congressmen from Michigan, Dave Camp and Fred Upton, have been named to chair key committees. Camp has been named chair of the important Ways and Means Committee. Upton will chair the Energy and Commerce Committee. MORE>

US Senate Denies Vote on Collective Bargaining

Federal Deficit Commissions Report Recommendations

Transportation Funding Extended Another Year

When Will We Learn



21st Century Communities

Transportation Bonanza Huge Success – As a result of a partnership between the League Foundation, Michigan Association of Planning, Michigan CNU, MSHDA and others, the “Transportation Bonanza 2” conference held in Lansing was a tremendous success. The conference brought together nearly 300 local planners, transportation engineers, consultants, and other professionals from across the state to discuss the technical aspect of implementing complete streets policies. MORE>

ShopMIDowntown Holiday Challenge Has Begun

Ann Arbor’s Government Does Digital Technology Better Than (Most of) the Rest

Walk Score Ranks the Walkability of Cities and Neighborhoods

Public Squares Like Detroit’s Campus Martius Are “Central Attractions”

Review Magazine Latest Issue Focuses on Center for 21st Century Communities ‘Education’ Asset

   

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