Gov’t Affairs News – plastic bags, patio permits, and more

Plastic bag/container pre-emption bill introduced

Legislation to pre-empt local ordinances related to plastic bags and containers was introduced on March 15 as SB 853 and referred to the Senate Commerce Committee.

Michigan retailers’ sales and forecasts rise

LANSING – Michigan retailers boosted their three-month sales forecasts after posting improved sales in February, according to the latest Michigan Retail Index survey, a joint project of Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Gov’t Affairs News – direct wine shipments, judicial levies, and more

Senate committee discusses judicial levies

Over the last two weeks, the Senate Local Government Committee heard testimony on legislation that seeks to address how judgments against municipalities can be funded.