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Coronavirus / COVID-19 :: Michigan Executive Order 2020-59

On April 24, 2020 at 11:00 am, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-59 (the “EO”). Unless otherwise specified, the EO is effective immediately and continues until May 15, 2020 at 11:59 pm. Broadly, the EO extends the duration of the stay-at-home order previously issued under Executive Order 2020-42, but with some amendments. Some of those amendments included the following:   Read More

Coronavirus / COVID-19 :: Michigan Municipalities :: UPDATE :: April 21 Filing Deadline

UPDATE: On April 20, 2020 at 10:00am, the Michigan Secretary of State Bureau of Elections issued the following update regarding the April 21, 2020 filing deadline:  A federal court issued an order on April 20, 2020 that changes the April 21 filing deadline and rules for some candidates.  Read More

Coronavirus / COVID-19 :: Michigan Municipalities / April 21 Filing Deadline

As of this posting, the statutory requirements regarding nomination petitions under the Michigan Election Law Act, PA 116 of 1954 (MCL 168.1 et seq.) remain in effect. This includes petition signature requirements and the April 21, 2020 filing deadline. The Michigan Secretary of State has acknowledged concerns and inquiries related to the filing deadline due to COVID-19 and the stay at home restrictions mandated by Michigan Executive Order 2020-42. The Secretary has requested a three-week extension of the April 21 filing deadline. However, there has been no extension, and the filing deadline currently remains in place.  Read More

Coronavirus / COVID-19 :: Michigan Municipalities :: Vacation & Second Home Travel Restrictions

On April 9, 2020 at 2:07 pm, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-42 (the “EO”). The EO was effective April 9, 2020 at 11:59 pm and continues until April 30, 2020 at 11:59 pm. In addition to extending the duration of the Stay – at – Home order previously issued under Executive Order 2020-21, the EO enacts additional travel restrictions (among other things).   Read More

Coronavirus / COVID-19 :: Michigan Municipalities - FOIA

On April 5, 2020 at 8:47 pm, Michigan Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order No. 2020-38 (the “EO”) temporarily extending certain Michigan Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) deadlines to facilitate COVID-19 emergency response efforts. The EO is in effect until June 4, 2020 at 11:59 pm.   Read More

Condominium Bylaws Amendment Restricting Short Term Rentals Decision

In Highfield Beach at Lake Michigan v. Scott E. Sanderson, et. al, ___ Mich App ___ (2020), decided on March 24, 2020 (Case Nos. 343968, 345177; 2020 WL 1445415) as a published decision, the Michigan Court of Appeals upheld the enforceability of an amended condominium bylaw prohibiting short-term rentals under 90 days, denying relief to an owner who argued his 15-year contract with a property management company that involved short-term leases of his condominium unit on his behalf could not be interrupted by the amendment.  Read More

Coronavirus/ COVID-19 :: Michigan Municipalities - May 5 Election

On March 27, 2020, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order No. 2020-27 (the “EO”) temporarily suspending the rules and procedures related to the May 5, 2020 election. The goal of the temporary suspension is to (1) allow the election to be conducted by absentee ballot to the greatest extent possible and (2) to better enable jurisdictions to move ballot proposals to the August 4, 2020 election date.   Read More