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Cliff Bloom Celebrates 30 Years as an Attorney

In 2013, Cliff Bloom, Shareholder with Bloom Sluggett Morgan, PC, will celebrate his 30th anniversary of practicing law in Michigan.  Congratulations, Cliff!  Read More

Jeff Sluggett to Speak at the Michigan Municipal League's Headquarters

Jeff Sluggett will be a speaker on Thursday, March 21 at the Michigan Municipal League’s headquarters in Lansing. Jeff is presenting at the MML’s annual Local Government Academy, which is a multi-day program for local government attorneys and provides a substantive (and updated) exposure to various aspects of municipal law.  Read More

Cliff Bloom's Radio Interview - Water Law

On March 15, 2013, Cliff Bloom was interviewed by WOOD Radio (1300AM) of Grand Rapids regarding buying and selling waterfront property in Michigan.  Click the following link to listen to that interview.  Cliff Bloom's Radio Interview Read More

"Even babies love us."

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Bloom Sluggett Morgan Attorney Elected Vice President of the Board of Directors for the United Methodist Community House

Jeff Sluggett was recently elected Vice President of the Board of Directors for the United Methodist Community House. The United Methodist Community House is a non-profit agency based in Grand Rapids with a mission that focuses on children and seniors. See http://www.umchousegr.org/index.html for more information.   Read More

New Medical Marijuana Ruling

On January 29, 2013, the Michigan Court of Appeals held that the uncompensated transfer of marijuana between registered qualifying patients constitutes protected "medical use" of marijuana as permitted by the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act ("MMMA").  See People v Green, Docket No. 308133 (January 29, 2013), which can be found here.  While the Court of Appeals reaffirmed that patient-to-patient sales of marihuana are still not protected under the MMMA, Michigan v McQueen, 293 Mich App 644, 653; 811 NW2d 513 (2011), the decision in Green will not only impact enfocement of state statutes regarding the transfer or delivery of marijuana, but could have significant local impacts as well.  Our attorneys have extensive experience with the MMMA and drafting and reviewing local ordinances, including ordinances addressing medical marijuana dispensaries.  If your municipality is interested in discussing the Green decision or any other medical marijuana issues, please contact our office.  Read More

LEGISLATIVE ALERT-Open Meetings Act-Special Meeting Notice Requirements

The Michigan Legislature recently amended the Open Meetings Act (“OMA”) regarding the notice requirements for special meetings.  Effective December 28, 2012, PA 528 amended Section 5 of the OMA to provide that if a public body directly or indirectly maintains a website that includes monthly (or more frequent) updates of public meeting agendas or minutes, the public body must post the notice of a special meeting in a prominent and conspicuous place on its website (in addition to posting the notice at its principal office) at least 18 hours before the meeting.  Read More

LEGISLATIVE ALERT - Recall Petitions and Elections

The Legislature recently approved HB 6060 and HB 6063 which make significant changes to the procedure for recall petitions and recall elections.  The bills were signed by the Governor on December 20 and are now in effect as Pubic Acts 417 and 418 of 2012.  Below is our summary of the bills and the provisions as they relate to the recall of local elected officials:  Read More

Cliff Bloom's Upcoming Presentations for the Cottage and Lakefront Living Shows

Cliff Bloom will be making presentations regarding his book Buying and Selling Waterfront Property in Michigan at the upcoming Michigan Cottage and Lakefront Living Shows in Novi, Michigan, for the Novi Suburban Collections Showcase on Saturday, February 23, 2013, at noon and 3:00 p.m., and again for the show in Grand Rapids, Michigan, at DeVos Place Convention Center on Saturday, March 16, 2013, also at noon and 3:00 p.m.  For more information, visit www.cottageandlakefrontliving.com.  Read More

LEGISLATIVE ALERT: Personal Property Taxes

The Legislature passed a package of bills on December 14 to eliminate personal property tax (PPT) and to provide a mechanism for reimbursement to local taxing units for lost PPT revenues.  The bills were signed by Governor Snyder on December 20.  Certain aspects of this legislation are complicated and remain under review.  Thus, check back for further updates.  In the meantime, we hope that you will find this preliminary summary of each of the bills in the legislation (including the Public Act number assigned to each of the bills) helpful.  Please note that as the result of last minute amendments, the bills eliminating the PPT (marked with an asterisk below) provide that they will be repealed or will not take effect if voters do not approve HB 6026 at a State-wide vote in 2014.  (HB 6026 is the bill that amends the Use Tax Act to provide for reimbursement of local taxing units from a portion of the Michigan use tax.).  Read More