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League staff give a legislative update during the 2011 MML Convention.Learn about the latest bills and legislation that affect Michigan communities in two separate sessions being offered by Michigan Municipal League staff during the League's 2012 Convention taking place October 3-5 on Mackinac Island. By registering by the end of the business day Friday, Sept. 7, you'll save $50 off your registration.The two sessions from members of the League’s Lansing staff are a “State and Federal Affairs Update” taking place as a breakout session 1-2:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4 and “Learning to Lobby: Local Officials” Role in Lansing” from 1-4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5.During the Thursday state and federal affairs update League staff members Nikki Brown, Samantha Harkins, Jason Mancini, Arnold Weinfeld and Summer Minnick will discuss current issues and what’s on the horizon for the Legislature’s fall agenda.The Friday session is a post-convention workshop the League is having on Mackinac Island immediately following Convention. Register here for that Friday session, which is just $10. Go here to view the other post-Convention workshops planned. This training for elected officials, both new and seasoned, will give a more in-depth look at legislative issues in Lansing and Washington that the League is involved with and the background of those issues, including revenue sharing, transportation funding, PA 312, and more. Elected officials will also discover the League's role in policymaking, legislative lobbying, and how each League member can get involved. The workshop will also teach elected officials the protocol for visiting the Capitol to testify on an issue on behalf of their communities.Check out the full Convention agenda and more detailed list of topics to be discussed, including a discussion on some of the controversial ballot issues that may appear on the November ballot, new laws regarding cell towers, how to secure grant funding for your community, how governments can address illegal drugs in their communities, collaborative innovation by Jeff DeGraff, walkable urbanism from Chris Leinberger, how to build resilient communities by Chuck Marohn, thinking global for local issues by Clarence Anthony, using art and creativity to drive our state forward by Jennifer Goulet, local finance issues and strategies, and community design and sustainability. Be sure to register by Sept. 7 to get the early bird discount.
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