Advocacy Day 2018
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Christman University, Ground Floor, The Christman Building
208 N. Capitol Ave., Lansing, MI
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
8:00 – 8:30 AM Registration
8:30 – 9:00 AM Welcome reception with light breakfast and Legislative update
and briefing – Melissa McKinley, Kelley Cawthorme
9:00 – 10:00 AM Legislative Sponsor of the Historic Preservation Tax Credit,
Senator Wayne Schmidt
10:00 – 10:30 AM Legislative Sponsor of the Historic Preservation Tax Credit,
Rep. Ben Frederick
10:30 – Noon Meetings with State Representatives
10:30 – 11:30 AM Advocacy 101
Noon – 1:30 PM Luncheon Reception with Legislators – Capitol Building
1:30 – 4:00 PM Meetings with State Senators
2:00 – 3:00 PM Speaker Wrap-Up
Please arrive promptly at 8:00 AM. We will begin immediately with a legislative update. 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 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.
Registration Deadline: January 26, 2018
Registrations received after Jan. 26th may not have confirmed appointments.
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:
- SB 250 – 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
- SB 251 – Formalized in Statute a State Historic Preservation Office
- Senate Bill 469 and House Bill 5178 – reinstates Michigan’s State Rehab Tax Credit
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.