Advocacy Day 2017
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Christman University, Ground Floor,
The Christman Building
208 N. Capitol Ave., Lansing, MI
REGISTRATION EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 3rd
To provide value throughout the entire day for our members, we are providing educational opportunities, however; please note the legislative appointments need to take priority in your schedules as this is the purpose of this Annual event!
To determine your legislator, visit: www.legislature.mi.gov. Our lobbyist, Kelley Cawthorne, will arrange all appointments with legislators for individual members of each association. Please note that legislative visits are sometimes difficult to secure and all visits are coordinated to the best of the staff’s ability.
Why Attend Legislative Day?
We represent the historic preservation profession by advocating on their behalf in the Michigan Legislature. In the past, we have been able to pass or oppose several pieces of critical legislation, with the advocacy efforts of people around the state:
1970 1970 Public Act 169, Local Historic District Act Public Act 169,
Local Historic District Act
1999 1999 Amendment to PA 169 to Include a 25% Tax Credit
2001 2001 Michigan’s Historic Tax Credits are Made “Permanent”
2007 2007 SB 973 – Enhancements to Historic Tax Credits
2011 2011 SB 566-568 and 644 – Michigan Community
2016 Local Historic District Act Saved from Major Changes
Currently Michigan Historic Preservation Network and Preservation Detroit are working on several issues that directly affect historic preservation in Michigan. Several of these issues will be our focus during the upcoming Advocacy Day:
Formerly SB 660 – Formalize in Statute the State Historic Preservation Office
Formerly SB 661 – Require a DDA to Get Approval from SHPO for Changes to
Exterior of Buildings, Listed on the State or National Registers, and Owned or Financed by the DDA
Community Revitalization Program – Support Continued Funding of CRP for
Rehabilitation of Historic Properties
Federal Rehabiliation Tax Credit – The Historic Tax Credit is in grave danger of elimination in tax reform
It is important that we build a relationship with our legislators in order to most effectively represent your interests. What is the best way to do that? By having constituents visit them and explain why these issues are important to them. An appointment will be scheduled for you with each of your legislators. Our lobbyist, Melissa Yutzey of Kelley Cawthorne, provides an update and briefing to familiarize you with the legislative issues to be discussed. A packet of information on legislative topics is provided for each legislator. You will also have a chance to meet with the legislators and staff members at the luncheon.