Advocacy Update

Forrest Wall March 2021Written by HBA and AAM CEO, Forrest M. Wall, CAE

LGBTQ Expansion of Elliott-Larson Act Signed Into Law

After legislative passage by both the Michigan House and Senate, Governor Whitmer signed an expansion of Michigan’s Elliott-Larson Civil Rights Act to include LGBTQ individuals. Public Act 6 of 2023 amends all relevant sections of the act (title, scope, employment, real estate, etc.) to include sexual orientation, gender identity or expression among the protected classes under the law. Prior to PA 6, Michigan’s civil rights law prohibited discrimination on the basis of religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, familial status, and marital status.

Housing Inspection Notification
Legislation Introduced

Legislation has been introduced in the Michigan House of Representatives which increases notification requirements under rental inspection law. House Bill 4273 would require an enforcing agency to notify the property owner as well as each rental unit occupant of any inspection violations. Currently, the owner must be notified of a violation but occupant notification is discretionary. The legislation also proposes to expand what is in the notice, to include a reference to the specific section of act that was violated and whether the violation constitutes a serious and imminent hazard to the health or safety of the occupants.

Have A Builder’s License? Don’t Forget Your Continuing Competency

Some AAM Members hold a Michigan Residential Builder License even though they may not be currently building. If you wish to maintain your license, please remember that the State of Michigan requires you to complete three hours of “continuing competency” by your license renewal deadline of May 31, 2023. AAM and HBA are holding three hour classes (covering each of the required categories – one hour codes, one hour legal and one hour safety) which will provide you what you need to comply.  Visit for details and online registration.

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