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Snyder signs legislation prohibiting minimum staffing requirements

Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today signed legislation that prohibits minimum staffing requirements from being added to city, village and county charters.

Minimum staffing requirements are provisions that call for a minimum number of public employees to perform certain government functions.  In recent years, many local units of government have been unable to afford these provisions, forcing them to violate their own charters.

"Eliminating these rigid requirements will give locally elected officials greater flexibility to determine how to allocate resources to best meet a community's needs," Snyder said.

Snyder called for this change in his Community Development and Local Government Reform plan.  Municipalities that already have minimum staffing requirements will not be affected by this change.

Senate Bills 485 through 492 are now Public Acts 133 through 140 of 2011.