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Changes to Consumer Fireworks Reported by Committee

Nov 30, 2018

This week, the House Regulatory Reform Committee approved two bills regarding the use and safety of consumer fireworks in Michigan. Introduced by Representative Jim Lilly (R-Park Twp.), the legislation is in response to issues that have come up after the legislature voted in 2011 to legalize consumer fireworks. The first bill aims to enhance the […]

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Legislation Seeks to Strengthen Open Meetings Act

Oct 05, 2018

Representative Martin Howrylak (R-Troy) introduced legislation creating additional Open Meetings Act parameters. The bill provides for injunctive relief if a public body is not in compliance with the Open Meetings Act. Under the proposal, an individual who brings forth a civil action due to an alleged lack of compliance would be awarded court costs and […]

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Native American Heritage Fund Announces Check Distribution

Sep 14, 2018

On Friday, September 14, the Native American Heritage Fund (NAHF) is awarding grants at FireKeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek. The fund was developed to help offset costs associated with projects promoting positive relationships and accurate information about the history and role of Michigan’s Indian tribes and Native Americans in the state. Funds are available […]

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Native American Heritage Fund Accepting Applications

Jun 08, 2018

Michigan’s K-12 schools, community colleges, universities, and local governments are now eligible for funding through the Native American Heritage Fund (NAHF). Funding from the program was designed to defray the costs of projects that promote positive relationships and accurate information about the history and role of Michigan’s Indian tribes and Native Americans in Michigan. Projects […]

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Legislature Seeks to Keep Personal Exemption

Jan 19, 2018

This week, the Senate passed legislation, 37-0, ensuring Michigan taxpayers can continue to claim the personal exemption on income taxes. Due to a quirk in current laws, Michigan’s exemption was tied to the federal government’s rate. Following the recent federal tax reform, which eliminated the exemption, taxpayers in Michigan would no longer be able to […]

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Retirement Task Force Bills Get Final Legislative Approval

Dec 15, 2017

This week, the House and Senate gave final approval to a package of bills making reforms to retiree benefits in local communities. Following months of debate, and the legislature working on the bill package for weeks, a final agreement was made to move the bills to final passage. As introduced, stakeholders raised several concerns with […]

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Reforms to Local Retiree Benefits Moves Forward

Dec 08, 2017

This week, the House and Senate passed identical bill packages making reforms to retiree benefits in local communities. Originally as introduced the bills would have made major reforms and included changes that police and firefighters believed would significantly reduce or remove their earned benefits.  Following a major push by stakeholders and several legislators, the House […]

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Retiree Health Care Reforms Introduced

Dec 01, 2017

This week, the House and Senate introduced legislation making reforms to retiree benefits in local communities. Over the past month there has been increasing talk around the Capitol of making such changes in response to local governments who are facing unfunded liabilities. On Wednesday, police and firefighters, who receive local pensions and benefits, showed up […]

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