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2018 Best Law Firm Recognition for Municipal Law in Grand Rapids

We're humbled and delighted to announce that we've been recognized as a "2018 Best Law Firm" in the field of Municipal Law.  Read More

Jeff Sluggett Presented On Das/Small Cell Wireless Construction

This fall Jeff Sluggett presented on the topic of how municipalities can regulate small cell wireless construction at the ROWE Professional Services office in Flint, Michigan.   Read More

Jeff Sluggett Receives "Best Lawyers in America" Honors Once Again

We're pleased to announce that Jeff Sluggett has been selected by his peers for inclusion in "The Best Lawyers™ in America 2018" for his work in the area of Municipal Law.  Read More

JEFF SLUGGETT TO SPEAK AT THE MICHIGAN MUNICIPAL LEAGUE CAPITAL CONFERENCE

Jeff Sluggett will be a speaker March 21-22 at the Michigan Municipal League Capital Conference, a conference for state and federal issues affecting local communities.  The Conference is sponsored by the Michigan Municipal League and will be held in Lansing at the Lansing Center. Jeff will be speaking on telecommunications issues.  For more information please visit http://www.mml.org/home.html.  Read More

Legislative Alert - Two Notable Bills Headed to Governor's Desk

Two pieces of legislation are headed to the desk of the Governor and, if signed, could impact Michigan’s municipalities.  Read More

Jeff Sluggett to Speak at Local Government Academy in Lansing

Jeff Sluggett will be a speaker on May 18th at the Local Government Academy, a three-day seminar for  newer lawyers sponsored by the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys. The Academy is held in Lansing. Jeff will be speaking on public right of way issues.  Read More

Sign Regulation/U.S. Supreme Court Decision

Recently, in Reed v. Gilbert, the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated a sign ordinance under the First Amendment in a case that may have broad implications for local sign regulations.  Although the case arose in the context of temporary sign regulations, the case may affect any local sign ordinance that distinguishes between signs based on the content of signs.  In light of Reed v. Gilbert, it is important for municipalities to review their sign ordinances to determine if the regulations differentiate between signs based upon the message conveyed by signs.  If so, those ordinance provisions should be reviewed for possible amendment to minimize the risk of legal challenges under the First Amendment.  Please let us know if we can assist you.  Read More

Freedom of Information Act Deadline - July 1, 2015

PA 563 of 2014 ("PA 563") amended the Michigan Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA") effective July 1, 2015.  PA 563 amends FOIA in several major respects including the manner in which fees and costs may be charged for responding to FOIA requests.  Pursuant to PA 563, all municipalities in Michigan must have in effect by July 1, 2015 new written procedures and guidelines to implement the amended FOIA.  If a municipality does not comply with these new requirements by July 1, 2015, that municipality will still be required to process and respond to FOIA requests but will not be permitted to charge fees and costs for those responses unless and until the municipality comes into compliance.  If your municipality needs assistance with establishing and implementing the new procedures and guidelines required by PA 563, please contact Bloom Sluggett Morgan, PC.  Read More

Public Meeting Invocation Decision:

Recently, in Town of Greece, New York v Galloway, the United States Supreme Court considered whether a prayer given before monthly town board meetings violated the Establishment Clause.  Since 1999 the town of Greece began inviting local clergy to deliver an invocation before the town board meeting.  The local clergy, all of who were unpaid volunteers, were selected from a local directory of congregations and were free to determine the content of their invocations.  While the town maintained that any minster or layperson was welcome to give the invocation; from 1999-2007, all the participating minsters were Christian.  Read More

Urban Farming: Better Direction

The degree to which a local government can regulate or restrict urban farming has, until recently, been unclear. However, in April the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development approved the 2014 Site Selection Generally Accepted Agriculture Management Practices (“GAAMPs”) under the Michigan Right to Farm Act, which provide better direction for local units of government.  Read More