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Advocacy Corner: Week of 12/07/18 Bookmark

On November 29, the Michigan Senate took action on three bills which seek to restructure campaign finance laws, state oversight of public elections, and the ability of the Michigan legislature to intervene in court proceedings.

The legislature also approved amendments to citizen-initiated bills which seek to change earned sick-leave and raising the state minimum wage.

2018 Ballot Proposal Guide Bookmark

Several major ballot proposals are set to appear on the upcoming November 6 ballot. 

In 2018, voters will decide to either approve or reject three seminal legislative measures that, if adopted, could have significant and immediate impact throughout the state.

Ballot proposals differ from the traditional, standard process followed by lawmakers in that they give citizens the opportunity to cast their personal vote on whether or not a proposed idea becomes law.

MSAE Submits Amicus Curae in Protection of Association Tax Standing Bookmark

In the summer of 2018, MSAE submitted an amicus curae in a case before the Michigan Supreme Court to clarify the criteria under which associations have standing to sue on behalf of the members. 

One of the principle roles of associations is to advocate on behalf of their memberships before the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government. 

MSAE Testifies at Committee on Regulatory Reform Bookmark

MSAE has been monitoring Michigan House Bill 6114 as it relates to certification issues. This legislation calls for a commission to make recommendations on occupational regulations and certifications offered by private licensing agencies. 

At a hearing of the Committee on Regulatory Reform, Cheryl Ronk, CAE, CMP, FASAE, and Taylor Benavente testified and recommended positive changes that could be made to the bill.

ORGPRO 2018: Event Photo Recap Bookmark

ORGPRO 2018 may be over, but you can relive the experience by viewing a photo recap of the event. We're highlighting key moments at the convention.

Thank you to all attendees, sponsors, speakers and other contributors who helped make the convention a huge success. We hope we'll see you next year at ORGPRO 2019. We'll be at Crystal Mountain. 


 

Wednesday started off with the Edutour. Attendees spent the day exploring venues in Downtown Detroit for a hands-on look at the unique practices that make them successful.

Treasury Eliminates Donor Disclosure Rules for 501(c)6s Bookmark

Treasury officials announced that the IRS will no longer require tax-exempt organizations other than charities to disclose information about their donors as part of their annual returns.

 

Executive Order Addresses Challenges of Modernization and Current Skills Gap Bookmark

Panorama of United States Supreme Court Building at Dusk

On July 19th, President Trump unveiled a White House effort to address the challenges of modernization and automation, job training, and the current ‘skills gap’. The Executive Order will establish a national council for American workers and a workforce policy advisory board designed to leverage insights on options for education and training in hopes of impacting the professional development.

 

Supreme Court Online Sales Tax Ruling is Likely Not Serious for Associations Bookmark

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The SCOTUS Wayfair vs. South Dakota decision handed down recently means online retailers will be required to collect sales tax from customers in individual states, even if they do not have a physical presence in those states. How does this decision impact associations? If you have a physical product that you are mailing out of state, such as books, you could be subject to sales tax collection and reimbursement.

MSAE's Career Enrichment Manager Bookmark



Have you met our Career Enrichment Manager yet?

Joining the team in September 2017, Maryanne Greketis, CMP, CTA is taking MSAE’s educational programming up to a new level. Having been a dues paying member for 12 years, she knows what a member values and needs. And as a lifetime Michigan resident, she knows Michigan well. Maryanne brings over 10 years of experience as a meeting planner for the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. She has immense experience planning and coordinating national educational conferences with 3,000 attendees.

MSAE's Meetings Intern: Hanna Featherston Bookmark

Starting in January of this year, Hanna Featherston joined the MSAE team as our meetings intern. She has already shown leadership in taking on any task and project available. Currently finishing her degree majoring in Recreational and Event Management with a minor in Business Administration at Central Michigan University, her graduation date is set for August 2018.


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