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Legislative Session Note: Both the House and Senate wrapped up the majority of their fall legislative activity this week, and legislators now return to their districts for campaign season. Both Chambers are scheduled to reconvene the week of October 18, however, it is questionable how much activity will take place then.


Two Committees Advance TIF Bills: Last week, the Senate Committee on Economic Development reported out Senate Bill 1026 (Horn), which would consolidate a number of different economic development incentives into a single new "Recodified Tax Increment Financing Act." The primary change in the Act would be to increase reporting requirements for Tax Increment Finance (TIF) entities, as well as to create penalties for failure to comply. Meanwhile, the House Local Government Committee reported out House Bills 5851 - 5856, which would maintain the individual acts but would also increase reporting requirements.


Panel Considers Changing Election Dates: Last Wednesday, the House Elections Committee took testimony but did not vote on a package of four bills, House Bills 5744 - 5747 (Nesbitt), which would move Michigan's statewide election dates to March, June, and November, rather than the current May, August, November schedule. The Legislature just acted last year to eliminate a regular statewide election date in February. The Chair did not express any immediate intent to move the bills when the Legislature reconvenes.


Promise Zone Expansion for Flint: Also last Wednesday, the Senate Government Operations Committee reported out Senate Bill 999 (Ananich), which would create a Promise Zone for the City of Flint. The City has been interested in creating such a zone in the past but has had difficulty generating the funds required to capture state tax growth. SB 999 now goes to the full Senate for consideration.


Reminder...Campus Sexual Assault Grants: In an ongoing effort to help reduce sexual assaults on campuses across Michigan, the Campus Sexual Assault Grant Program (CSAGP) is accepting grant applications for Fiscal Year 2017 from public and non-public Michigan colleges and universities. Eligible applicants may submit up to two applications for projects in the following areas: education, prevention, and reporting and bystander innovation. For more information, click here. The grant application can be found here. Applications are due by noon on October 13.


2016 Bond Election Workshop: George K. Baum & Company will be hosting their annual bond election workshop on October 6 at the Lansing Center. Click here to register for the free workshop online. 




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