Sen. Meekhof: Citizens should have option to disincorporate

LANSING — A quirk in state law preventing residents of Spring Lake from dissolving their village would be fixed under a bill designed to empower citizens, said sponsor Sen. Arlan Meekhof.

Senate Bill 1167 would amend state law to add a provision that allows Home Rule Villages to be disincorporated.

“It is important that citizens have the option to disincorporate if that is what they want to do,” said Meekhof, R-West Olive. “Plain and simple, my measure would give them that option.”

In Michigan, villages are incorporated under either the General Law Village Act or the Home Rule Village Act.

Most villages are General Law Villages. However, Spring Lake Village is a Home Rule Village. Under state law, only the General Law Village Act contains a provision allowing a village to be disincorporated by a citizen’s petition. Because of this, petitions recently filed to disincorporate the village have been challenged in court.

“State law should include a disincorporation procedure for every village,” Meekhof said. “The people of Spring Lake filed petitions to disincorporate, and now they may be thrown out because of a quirk in the law. Senate Bill 1167 would fix this quirk.”

SB 1167 is expected to be considered by the Senate Local Government and Elections Committee on Wednesday, June 6.