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Convention Hits the Bulls Eye with Sessions Targeted to YOUR Interests

A wide array of topics fills the agenda for this year's League Convention. Among them are sessions and events targeted toward the interests of mayors, managers, councilmembers, women, and members of the Michigan Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (MBC-LEO). Several groups are holding a special breakfast or lunch along with their annual meeting, including the Michigan Association of Mayors, Michigan Women in Local Government, and MBC-LEO. And if you scan through the agenda, you'll find several sessions sponsored by those groups as well as Michigan Municipal Executives. Get the details and register today!

Municipalities Hope for Legislation on Dark-Store Loophole

Last month, another big box retailer - Meijer Inc. - used the "dark store" theory to significantly reduce the taxable value of its Marquette store. That negatively impacts municipalities' ability to provide basic services. Municipalities and community advocates hope bipartisan legislation in Lansing will make a difference in curbing the dark-store loophole. Read more.

Monday Morning Live Covered Headlee and Building Fees Lawsuits

On Monday Morning Live, we talked about two recent court rulings that impact local government - the Headlee amendment and contract building officials Learn how those decisions might affect your community from the League's General Counsel. Watch on Facebook or listen to podcast..

Mich. & Calif. League Leaders Co-Author Blog on Natl. Housing Crisis

MML CEO Dan Gilmartin and League of California Cities Executive Director Carolyn Coleman collaborated on a blog about the housing crisis. Most states struggle with homelessness, affordable housing, and lack of synchronicity between federal, state, and local housing strategies. Read the complete blog.

Apply Now for 2020 All-America City Award

The National Civic League is now accepting applications for the 2020 All-America City Award, focused on enhancing health and well-being through civic engagement. Cities, counties, towns, and tribes wishing to apply have until Feb. 19, 2020 to submit their application. Read more.

Adult Use/Recreational Marihuana Rules Released

The Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) has issued emergency rules for adult use/recreational marihuana. It's crucial that municipal officials decide soon whether to opt out or remain opted in to recreational marihuana businesses in their municipalities. MRA will start accepting applications on Nov. 1. For sample ordinances and other resources, visit our marijuana resource page.

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