LANSING, Mich. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed five Senate bills and two House bills on Tuesday.
Whitmer said she signed this bill to enact the Water Shutoff Restoration Act, promote access to clean water, and protect Michiganders from the spread of COVID-19 by ensuring every occupied home has access to clean running water for regular hand washing.
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The bill bans water closures due to missed payments and requires water services to be restored to homes where it is shut down in most cases through March 31.
The bill was sponsored by Senator Stephanie Chang, (D-Detroit).
“Every Michigander deserves access to clean water, especially during a global pandemic,” Whitmer said. “This legislation, spearheaded by Senator Stephanie Chang, will ensure that every Michigander can wash his hands and give his child a glass of water at the dinner table. My administration will continue to work on clean water for all Michiganders, and I look forward to working with anyone who wants to get this done. “
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“I am extremely excited that the Whitmer government today signed Senate Law 241 and am grateful for its leadership and the bipartisan support of my colleagues,” Chang said. “During this pandemic, access to clean water is more important than ever to ensure Michiganders in major cities, suburbs and small towns in our state can drink water and wash their hands.”
This bill amends the Open Meetings Act so that public bodies can meet electronically and continue to comply with them. It also extends the current remote presence provisions until March 31.
Once public entities can meet in person again, the bill will require adherence to social distance and cleanup guidelines if they choose to hold in-person meetings.
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The bill was sponsored by Senator Lana Theis (R-Brighton).
“During this pandemic, Michigan’s local leaders have continually adapted while delivering essential essential programs and services that are vital to residents and communities during this time,” said Neil Sheridan, executive director of the Michigan Townships Association. “We thank both the Whitmer government and the legislature for extending the timeframe that will allow townships and all local authorities to meet virtually to conduct public affairs.”
This bill amends the General Property Tax Act to amend the procedures for obtaining a “poverty exemption” and in certain cases allows an extension of the exemption without re-filing.
This bill was sponsored by Senator Jim Runestad (R-White Lake).
These bills amend the General Property Tax Act to create a process for a former property owner to claim excess proceeds from the sale or transfer of property.
This is consistent with the recent Michigan Supreme Court ruling in Rafaeli LLC v. Oakland County.
The two bills were sponsored by Senator Peter Lucido (R-Shelby Township) and Runestad (R-White Lake).
This bill amends Section 26A of the Code of Ethics to bring it into line with recently passed federal regulations on valuation companies.
It was sponsored by Rep. Diana Farrington (R-Utica).
With this bill, the National Equalization Act will be amended to allow a one-off extension of the equalization of assessment roles.
It effectively codifies Governor Whitmer’s Executive Decree 2020-87.
The bill is linked to Senate Law 5825, which has not yet been filed.
It was sponsored by Rep. Jim Ellison (D-Royal Oak).
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