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August 3, 2010
VICTORY! Complete Streets Legislation Passes Senate, House, and Signed Into Law by Governor!
The League had a huge victory last week when the Senate passed
(and the House concurred in) the Complete Streets legislation.
These bills were signed into law last night by the governor
and are now PA 134 and PA 135 of 2010. As previously reported,
HB 6151 and 6152 create Complete Streets policies in state law (Act 51 transportation
funding law and the Planning Act). These bills match up perfectly
with the concepts in the League's Prosperity
Agenda and the Physical Design and Walkability core asset
identified by the League's Center
for 21st Century Communities. MORE>
State Affairs Update
Economy Commission Legislation Reported – Last week, the House New Economy Committee reported HB 6242,
which would create a state New Economy Commission. The idea
of this commission is to create a central location at the
state level that would work on and consider new economy issues.
The commission would develop a statewide strategy for the
enhancement, encouragement, and growth of the new economy
in Michigan and promote through public and private means,
responsive public policies, and innovative private sector
Health Care Reform Implementation – Live Webcast TODAY! – A live webcast on Tuesday, August 3 at 12:00 pm will discuss the impact the new health care reform bill will have on local governments. The webcast is sponsored by the National League of Cities, with support from the International City Managers Association (ICMA) and will be introduced by Gregory Dyson of ICMA-RC and moderated by Rita Patel, partner, DLA Piper. MORE>
21st Century Communities
Ludington Celebrates History and Culture Through Art – A visit to the city of Ludington (population 8,500), shows that any community, large or small, can work the strategies in the 21st Century Communities program to focus on their assets and celebrate their history and culture. The city recently unveiled the final piece in their waterfront sculpture park. MORE>
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