House and Senate bills were introduced to the Michigan legislature last month that would deflate community efforts to control their own local historic resources. The proposed amendments to the state’s historic districts law go against existing and long-standing federal laws and the accomplishments made at the state and local levels. The bills also totally oppose what citizens desire regarding historic preservation efforts as outlined in Michigan’s State Historic Master Plan, 2014-2019. Instead of reinventing the wheel, reproduced below is Michigan Historic Preservation Network’s Advocacy Alert concerning HB 5232 and SB 720. Links to sample letters for your ease of advocacy are included. ___________________________________
We need your urgent attention and immediate action. On January 26th, Rep. Chris Afendoulis, R-Grand Rapids, and Sen. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford, introduced identical legislation into the Local Government Committees of the House and Senate. House Bill 5232 and Senate Bill 720 have serious detrimental impacts to historic resources and local historic districts through proposed amendments to Michigan’s Local Historic Districts Act, PA 169 of 1970.