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Local Leaders Testify on Pension Flexibility Bills In Senate

Last Thursday, some local leaders from Northville, East Grand Rapids and Rochester testified with the League supporting two bills which deal with providing locals pension flexibility. The bills, SBs 1129 and 1171, were up before the Senate Retirement Subcommittee of Appropriations. SB 1129 would allow bonding when communities switch from defined benefit to defined contribution, so communities could help smooth transition costs. MORE>

State Affairs Update

Municipal Loan Bills Pass House - Last Thursday the House passed House Bills 5566-5570, a package that amends the Emergency Municipal Loan Act to include school districts and amend the criteria for qualifying. The current statute does not allow school districts to qualify for emergency loans. The legislation allows school districts to qualify. One amendment added on the House floor would prohibit a community from opting out under PA 152 if they want to be considered for a municipal loan. We're working to have this language removed in the Senate. MORE>

Village Disincorporation Bills Pass Senate Committee

House Committee Passes Synthetic Drug Bill

Bill to Use One Time Funds for Roads on Its Way to Governor

Lighting Authority Bills Pass House

Senate Committee Hears Testimony on Fireworks Bill

Interacting with the State - Michigan Shared Services Community



Federal Update

Transportation Negotiations Continue in Congress - Last week provided some hopeful signs that Congress might actually be able to scratch and claw their way to an agreement before the current extension expires at the end of the month. First there was an exchange of actual proposals between House and Senate conference leaders. It began with Senator Barbara Boxer hand delivering a compromise document to her House counterpart, Congressman John Mica and Congressman Mica returning the favor with some ideas from the House.  MORE>

2013 Federal Budget Moving Along

Webinar to Discuss Housing and Transportation Tool This Thursday

Webinar - Supreme Court Cases and Their Impact on Local Government July 19



21st Century Communities

League Launches Blogs About Technology, City Operations, Community Investment - The Michigan Municipal League today (June 6, 2012) launched three new blogs about city operations, digital innovations and the importance of private and public investment in communities. These blogs are part of the League’s key mission to serve as the one clear voice for Michigan communities. MORE>

Muskegon Civic Engagement

Better, Faster, Cheaper

What Does It Take to Innovate?

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