We continue to work on our bill, which is still a work in progress. Currently, thought is being given to additions that will include some of the local authority that was removed in Act 55. We are also reviewing the Rep. Jarchow bills (now numbering 3) which continue to remove local control and place these new restrictions in statute, making corrections much more difficult. The reason for putting state government in control of local issues continues to mystify everyone on both sides of the political aisle, but leadership, in this very unsettled legislative environment has yet to challenge or exert guidance or control. We are not yet in jeopardy of being too late for the next floor session. However, nothing in this legislative period is a sure thing. The current relationship between the Senate and Assembly continues to become increasingly more contentious, as do relationships within the majority party.
Below is a summary of the new bill (Senator Lassee and Rep. Jarchow) that addresses private property rights and shoreland property and lakes for your information. Writing your elected representatives is critically important now to prevent this misguided legislation from going forward. I will be sending all a notification of the public hearing dates on this bill, which will be coming up in January.
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