Legislative Update – The Legislature Returns – What’s Ahead

With less than a month remaining in fiscal year 2004-05, the legislature has plenty of work ahead to complete in the next three weeks. The State’s fiscal year 2005-06 budget bills are probably the number one priority, and most sources in Lansing indicate that a budget deal has been completed.

Reauthorization of the TEA-21 – Passed

Donor states won a significant victory Friday, July 29th with the House of Representatives passage of the conference report for the reauthorization of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA 21). SAFETEA LU (HR 3), was approved by the House with a bipartisan vote of 412 – 8.

Reauthorization Information Now Available

After over three long years of hard work, aggressive lobbying and a historical number of extensions, President Bush finally signed into law a federal transportation reauthorization package that in the end brings Michigan an additional funding level of $240 million through September 30th of 2009. During the course of the

MDOT – Mandatory Electronic Funds Transfer

Public Act 533 of 2004 requires that payments for all State contracts for the purchase of goods or services be made by electronic funds transfer (ETF). MDOT, as PA Act 533 requires, will implement ETF for all contracts executed on or after October 1, 2005. Once a contractor/vendor registers and

MDOT to Post ” As – Submitted” Bid Letting Results

With the implementation of 100% electronic bidding, MDOT will now begin posting letting results immediately after the download of electronic bids is complete. The “As-Read” portion of MDOT’s Web site has been changed to read “As-Submitted”, to signify the receipt of the electronic bids rather than the bid amounts as

Legal – AG Declares County Road Commissions Without Legal Authority To Require Haul Route Permit Requirements

As many of our members know, we have been addressing the increasingly troubling situation involving the imposition and enforcement of haul route permit requirements by the various county road commissions. With the invaluable assistance of State Representative Dan Acciavatti and the input of MITA legal counsel, we have obtained the


2005-06 Transportation Budget Passes The 2005-2006 Transportation Budget recently passed out of both the Michigan House of Representatives and Senate. Although the versions of this legislation were slightly different, ultimately, the legislation puts forth a road and bridge program that is very similar to that of the 2004-2005 program. Increased

Legislative – New Report Highlights Ways to Increase Use of Sewer Funding

More money for municipalities to fund sewer projects is the ultimate goal of a report that was released June 7. The report, paid for by MITA, highlights ways to encourage local communities to use available low interest loans from the state revolving fund to upgrade their sewer systems. As you

Legislative – Transportation Bill Update

As far as Michigan is concerned, the Senate bill increases scope of the minimum guarantee level compared to that in current law as well as compared to the House passed bill, thus increasing MI’s rate-of-return to 92%. We view this as a victory, even though our goal was originally 95%,

Legislative – Senate Passes Transportation Reauthorization Bill

The Senate passed their transportation reauthorization bill yesterday by a vote of 89 – 11. This measure includes the additional funding added by Senators Grassley and Baucus. In total, approximately $11 billion in funding is added to the $284 provided by the House and Administration initiatives – totaling the Senate

Legislative – Voice Your Opinion

VOICE YOUR OPINION ON HIGHWAY ROBBERY In a recent Legislative bulletin MITA reported that the Michigan House of Representatives had passed a “reverse-supplemental” that would take $10 million from the State Transportation Budget and transfer it to the Michigan Department of State (Secretary of State). The article also discussed the

Legislative – Senate to Consider SAFETEA This Week

On Tuesday, May 10, 2005, with other business intermixed, the Senate returned to consideration of SAFETEA. It is certain that much of this week’s business will be tied up in discussions about the supplemental appropriations measure and judges. It is also becoming clearer that the Senate will complete their consideration