Advocacy Update

Forrest WallWritten by Forrest Wall, CAE, Vice President Government Affairs and Industry Relations

Rent Control Bills Do Not Advance

As the 2019-2020 Michigan Legislative Session came to an end, two efforts related to rent control did not advance in the Michigan Senate. The first bill, Senate Bill 1129, proposed a complete repeal of the existing law which prohibits local governments in Michigan from enacting rent control ordinances. A second effort, which was a two-bill package, proposed to allow rent control in specific situations, with the potential for offsetting property tax breaks. These bills would have authorized local units of government to limit rent for disabled individuals and senior citizens. AAM’s work does not end here, however, as it is expected that these bills will be reintroduced in the next legislative session.

Michigan House Leadership Elected
House Republicans have elected their leadership team for the 2021-2022 Legislative Session. Rep. Jason Wentworth (R-Clare) was elected by the Republican caucus as their leader for the next session and will become Speaker once elected by the full House. Wentworth served as House Speaker Pro Tem in the last session and, due to term limits, will be the fourth single term Republican Speaker. Rep. Pamela Hornberger (R-Chesterfield Twp.) will be Speaker Pro Tem and Rep. Ben Frederick (R-Owosso) will serve as Majority Floor Leader. On the Democratic side, Rep. Donna Lasinski (D-Scio Twp.) will lead that caucus as Minority Leader. Ms. Lasinski becomes the fourth woman to lead a legislative caucus. Rep. Yousef Rabhi (D-Ann Arbor) will serve as Minority Floor Leader. Republicans hold a 58-52 majority in the Michigan House for 2021-22, the identical majority they held in the previous session.

Thank You From AAM-PAC
Our efforts to support elected officials who understand the important role of rental housing in Michigan’s economy took another positive step with the 2020 General Election. AAM-PAC scored a 100 percent success rate in Michigan House legislative races in which we financially supported a candidate! Of course, none of this success would have been possible without the generous contributions to the fund from the membership.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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