The Michigan Legislature may soon vote on HB 4722 and SB 446 that will allow short term rental in all zoning districts statewide. 

The House Tourism and Commerce committee and the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee have moved this legislation to the full House and Senate, in spite of overwhelming opposition from commenters.

The legislation may give the allusion that municipalities have some control, but the costs associated with additional staffing in attempting to regulate safety, parking, permits, necessary inspections, noise, legal actions, hearings and other disputes, falls on the municipalities. This poorly written legislation may require various amendments which may add to the dilemma.

When this “big government” legislation becomes law, voters need to remember the authoritarian approach, which usurps local legislative authority, trumps existing zoning laws and the will of the majority. 

Brad Anderson

Bridgman

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