Snyder signs bill to revise, enhance business improvement zones

Also signs four other bills

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill to enhance the state’s business improvement zones, which help revitalize cities and local economies and can improve the quality of life of residents.

Business improvement zones are funded by businesses located within a zone as a tool to improve the area, provide growth opportunities and increase local property values.

Senate Bill 257, sponsored by state Sen. Mike Kowall, modifies existing law by streamlining the process to establish a zone, authorizing zones to merge with other zones, allowing for an enforcement mechanism for the lien of unpaid assessments, and to reduce the likelihood that a zone will be dissolved by the assessable property owners.

“This bill will help revitalize Michigan’s urban centers, improve local economies, and enhance the quality of living for residents,” Snyder said.

SB 257 is now Public Act 126 of 2013.

The governor also signed four other bills.

House Bill 4613, sponsored by state Rep. Margaret O’Brien, establishes property entry procedures and notice requirements for landlords who believe a tenant has passed away. The bill also shortens the statute of limitations to one year in cases where a landlord is sued for unlawfully interfering with the premises. It is now PA 127.

SB 162, sponsored by state Sen. Mike Nofs, authorizes a felony consisting of two or more acts to be prosecuted in any county in which the crime had an effect. This will help in cases where a crime was plotted in a county other than where the crime was committed. It is now PA 128.

SB 126, sponsored by state Sen. Roger Kahn, is a budget supplemental that provides $747,300 in federal grant funds to complete the Port Austin State Harbor west dock renovation project. It also revises details of other previously appropriated funds. It is now PA 129.

HB 4229, sponsored by state Rep. Joe Haveman, is a budget supplemental that provides technical fixes to the FY 2013-14 School Aid budget. It is now PA 130.

For more information on legislation, visit legislature.michigan.gov.

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