On April 27, 2020, the Michigan Supreme Court issued its unanimous opinion in DeRuiter v Twp of Byron, holding that registered medical marijuana caregivers, operating under the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act (“MMMA”), are subject to municipal zoning ordinance provisions that regulate the location of such operations.
On April 20, 2020, a United States District Judge from the Eastern District of Michigan issued an Order (the “Order”) extending ballot petition filing deadlines and changing the rules regarding signatures for some candidates in Michigan.
Late yesterday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Order No. 2020-48 (the “Order”) clarifying and extending the relief from the requirements of the Open Meetings Act (“OMA”), MCL 15.261 et seq., previously provided by Executive Order 2020-15 back on March 18, 2020.
On April 1, 2020, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “FFCRA”), which included the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (the “FMLA Expansion Act”) and the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (the “EPSLA”), went into effect.
Executive Order 2020-21 creates unique issues for local governments, including identifying critical infrastructure employees, deciding what is needed to conduct minimum basic operations, dealing with labor and employment issues, and conducting essential functions like approving the budget and operating the building department for necessary functions.
Late yesterday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Order No. 2020-15 (the “Order”) to address meetings of public bodies, such as township boards, village councils, county boards of commissioners, etc., required under the Open Meetings Act (“OMA”), MCL 15.261 et seq., in the wake of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
As reported in an earlier edition of this newsletter, last summer the Michigan Court of Appeals issued a published opinion in the case of Reaume v Township of Spring Lake re-affirming that short-term rental occupation is a commercial use of property that does not fall within the definition of residential single family use.