local governments

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   People elected to tribal offices are exempt from a portion of the Michigan Constitution that involves who can run for state and local offices. 

The Michigan Supreme Court issued an opinion Monday.

The constitution says that if a person is convicted of a felony involving dishonesty or fraud, and that stems from their position in state, local or federal government, then that person can’t run for another elective office in Michigan. The court said in its opinion that tribes do not count as “local governments.”

LANSING, MI (AP)--   An information freeze for local and school officials is thawing after a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction on a new Michigan election law that critics called a gag order.  

The injunction came as a relief to many local and school officials fearful of legal repercussions for distributing information about upcoming ballot proposals.

Governor Rick Snyder signed the legislation into law this year.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A bill meant to clarify what civic and school officials can tell residents about local ballot measures is moving forward in the state House. 

School districts and local governments have been bashing a new law that limits what they can say about local proposals 60 days ahead of an election. They’re calling it a “gag order.”

House Bill 5219 cleared a state House panel on Wednesday with new language meant to ease concerns from local leaders. It now says officials can give information – as long as it’s “factual and strictly neutral.”

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LANSING, MI (AP)--   Legislation to block school districts and municipalities from informing the public about local ballot measures within two months of an election has left opponents pressuring Governor Rick Snyder to veto it.

Local officials say the bill would keep voters in the dark about taxes and other issues.

Conservatives say some informational campaigns are biased and cross the line into improper advocacy.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A bill sent to Governor Rick Snyder would prohibit local governments from spending money to inform the public about ballot proposals within 60 days of an election.  

Critics are calling it a sweeping ban that could stop officials from answering basic questions from the public. The Detroit Free Press says the Michigan Municipal League is urging Snyder to veto the bill, which has other provisions about campaign finance.

McBroom sponsors subpoena legislation

Jun 3, 2015

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Legislature would have subpoena power over local governments under legislation approved by the House. 

Bill sponsor Republican Rep. Ed McBroom says the change approved Tuesday is needed to ensure the Legislature can retrieve documents from local governments without having to go through the state's public records process.

Opponents of the change say it would be hypocritical for the Legislature to be able to subpoena information from local governments when the Legislature itself is exempt from the state's Freedom of Information Act.