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Monday Morning Live - Governor Signs Open Meetings Act Bill

Monday Morning Live - Governor Signs Open Meetings Act Bill

October 20, 2020

Host: Matt Bach, Assistant Director of Strategic Communications, Michigan Municipal League

Guests:
Michigan Senator Lana Theis, 22nd District
Chris Johnson, General Counsel, Michigan Municipal League
Jennifer Rigterink, Legislative Associate, Michigan Municipal League

On Oct. 16, Governor Whitmer signed legislation that will allow local governments to continue to meet virtually during this pandemic. In this podcast, we discuss these changes and what they mean for communities.

Jim Sinclair Exceptional Service Award Winner - Mayor Deb Doyle

Jim Sinclair Exceptional Service Award Winner - Mayor Deb Doyle

October 15, 2020

Host: Matt Bach, Assistant Director, Strategic Communications, Michigan Municipal League

Guest: Mayor Deb Doyle, Durand

Mayor Deb Doyle has been an active supporter of the Michigan Municipal League for many years. She has held a variety of positions, including president of the League Board of Trustees. This year, she is being honored for her service with the League's Jim Sinclair Exceptional Service Award.

Monday Morning Live - Supreme Court opinion on emergency powers, Open Meetings Act bill, and more

Monday Morning Live - Supreme Court opinion on emergency powers, Open Meetings Act bill, and more

October 14, 2020
Host: Matt Bach, Director of Communications, Michigan Municipal League
 
Guests:
Jeffrey Aronoff, Principal, Miller Canfield
Chris Hackbarth. Director of State & Federal Affairs, Michigan Municipal League
Jennifer Rigterink, Legislative Associate, Michigan Municipal league
 
We're excited to announce that Senate Bill 1108 - which amends the Opening Meetings Act - has been passed by the Senate and is on its way to the governor for signature! This is great news for Michigan communities. Some of the bill's provisions include:
 
  • Retroactive application to March 18, 2020 to cover virtual meetings that have taken place since then
  • Continuation of virtual meetings for any circumstances through Dec. 31, 2020
 
On this week's Monday Morning Live, our team discussed SB 1108 before it was amended and passed. We also covered a variety of other current topics, including the upcoming lame duck session, gravel mining, and CARES Act funding.
Legislator of the Year - State Senator Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield)

Legislator of the Year - State Senator Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield)

September 24, 2020

State Senator Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield) was named Legislator of the Year by the Michigan Municipal League recently. He talks about what getting the award means to him and about his work serving Michigan’s residents and communities.

Legislator of the Year - State Representative Gary Howell (R-North Branch)

Legislator of the Year - State Representative Gary Howell (R-North Branch)

September 16, 2020

Michigan Rep. Gary Howell, R-North Branch, was named Legislator of the Year by the Michigan Municipal League recently. He talks about what getting the award means to him and about his work serving Michigan’s residents and communities.

Monday Morning Live - Court hears on governor’s executive powers; latest from Lansing

Monday Morning Live - Court hears on governor’s executive powers; latest from Lansing

September 14, 2020

Host: Matt Bach, Director of Communications, Michigan Municipal League

Guests:
Chris Johnson, General Counsel, Michigan Municipal League
Chris Hackbarth, Director, State & Federal Affairs, Michigan Municipal League
John LaMacchia, Asst. Director, State & Federal Affairs, Michigan Municipal League
Jennifer Rigterink, Legislative Associate, Michigan Municipal League

On this edition of Monday Morning Live, we were joined by a special guest, Michigan Municipal League General Counsel Chris Johnson, who updated us on the recent state Supreme Court cases on Governor Whitmer's executive powers. And, now that the legislature is back in session, our legislative team shared some of the latest activities, including the state budget, gravel mining, and the Open Meetings Act. 

Michigan Dept. of Treasury - COVID-19 Updates and Resources for Local Governments

Michigan Dept. of Treasury - COVID-19 Updates and Resources for Local Governments

September 11, 2020
Presenters:
Rod Taylor, Division Administrator, Community Engagement & Finance, Mich. Dept. of Treasury
Heather Frick, Bureau Director, Bureau of Local Government & School Services, Mich. Dept. of Treasury
Eric Bussis, Chief Economist and Director of the Office of Revenue & Tax Analysis, Mich. Dept. of Treasury
Bethany Wicksoll, Director of Legislative & External Affairs, Mich. State Budget Office
Terry Stanton, Manager, Unclaimed Property, Mich. Dept. of Treasury
 
We're pleased to bring you the seventh webinar in a series by the Michigan Department of Treasury in partnership with the Michigan Municipal League, Michigan Townships Association, and Michigan Association of Counties. Topics include:
  • Update on the Michigan Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference
  • Update on state budget process and the CARES Act programs
  • Information on local government Unclaimed Property
Monday Morning Live - League’s Upcoming Virtual Convention, State Revenue Estimating Conf. & more

Monday Morning Live - League’s Upcoming Virtual Convention, State Revenue Estimating Conf. & more

August 25, 2020

Host: Matt Bach, Director of Communications, Michigan Municipal League

Guests:
Christy Welti, Events Coordinator, Michigan Municipal League
Chris Hackbarth, State & Federal Affairs Director, Michigan Municipal League
Jennifer Rigterink, Legislative Associate, Michigan Municipal League

Christy Welti from our Events department joined us to share some insights on the League's first-ever virtual Convention - and how you can get free swag sent right to your home or office! Our Lansing team shed light on sessions they'll be leading on legislative issues and social districts, and offered their thoughts on what to expect from the state's revenue estimating conference.
 
Michigan Dept. of Treasury - COVID-19 Updates and Resources for Local Governments

Michigan Dept. of Treasury - COVID-19 Updates and Resources for Local Governments

August 13, 2020

Presenters:
Rod Taylor, Division Administrator, Community Engagement & Finance, Michigan Dept. of Treasury
Heather Frick, Bureau Director, Bureau of Local Government & School Services, Michigan Dept. of Treasury
Evah Cole, Division Administrator, Revenue Sharing & Grants Division, Michigan Dept. of Treasury

In partnership with the Michigan Municipal League, Michigan Townships Association, and Michigan Association of Counties, the Michigan Department of Treasury is pleased to announce the sixth joint webinar. 

This session covers details on how the August revenue sharing payments to local governments with be replaced with CARES Act funding. What does it all mean for your Community's bottom line? Get the details from Treasury, plus updates on water utility assistance, opportunities for local government to support businesses, FEMA grant dollars, and more.

Monday Morning Live - Update on Federal COVID-19 Relief Negotiations

Monday Morning Live - Update on Federal COVID-19 Relief Negotiations

August 11, 2020

Host: Matt Bach, Director of Communications, Michigan Municipal League

Guests:
Angelina Panettieri, Legislative Manager, Information Technology and Communications, National League of Cities
Chris Hackbarth, Director, State & Federal Affairs, Michigan Municipal League
John LaMacchia, Asst. Director, State & Federal Affairs, Michigan Municipal League

Our special guest, Angelina Panettieri from National League of Cities, brought us the latest on the negotiations going on in Washington, D.C. regarding the next COVID-19 relief package. We also covered some local issues, including the next state revenue estimating conference.

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