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Municipal Law News

June 16, 2021

In this issue:



   Political Lawn Signs   

Can We Ban That Sign?

Cody A. Mott and Laura J. Genovich

Revisiting Reed v Town of Gilbert & Its Impact on Local Sign Regulations

The 2020 election is over, but politically motivated signs – including signs with controversial or even profane language – are still everywhere. Although many municipalities have sign ordinances, those ordinances might not be enforceable if they are based on the content of the message...  

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   Locked Ballot Box   

Township Clerk Arraigned After Ballot Mishap

Cody A. Mott and Laura J. Genovich

Michigan Election Law (MEL) regulates every aspect of voting, including what happens to a ballot after it is cast. As one Michigan township clerk recently found out, if those rules are not closely followed, clerks and other election officials could be facing misdemeanor charges...

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Missed the MTA Conference? No Problem

While this was the second year in a row that any in-person activities for the annual Michigan Township Association (MTA) conference were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Foster Swift's business solutions session was well received by those who attended remotely.

With no set agenda, the virtual round-table discussion featured attorneys Mike Homier, Anne Seurynck, Laura Genovich, Mike Blum and Leslie Dickinson answering attendee questions about a number of issues affecting townships.

For those that were unable to attend the conference or would simply like to revisit the discussions, below are video clips taken from the session to view or share at your convenience:

Or you may also view the video recording of the business solutions session in its entirety here.

If you have other questions not addressed by the topics discussed in the videos, please contact a member of the municipal & public entity practice group.







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St Joseph


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