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Rep. Martin: Plan giving townships option to change names heads to governor
RELEASE|October 19, 2021
Contact: David Martin

State Rep. David Martin today said his proposal giving townships in Michigan a path to change their name is headed to the governor for final approval after receiving unanimous support in the Michigan Senate.

Martin, of Davison, said state laws currently provide a course for a city or village to change its name by amending its city or village charter through a vote of the people. Townships do not currently have that same authority.

“There is absolutely no reason for the state to prevent a township from changing its name if a majority of the voters in the community approve,” Martin said. “Cities and villages throughout our state have this option. It’s only fair to give townships the same local control.”

Martin said there are many reasons why a township might consider changing its name. For example, some townships have duplicate names that create confusion. According to the Michigan Townships Association, 28 percent of townships in Michigan share a name with another township in the state.

Martin’s legislation, House Bill 4637, would allow a township to change its name if two-thirds majority of the township governing board approve a resolution. The resolution would then need to be approved by a majority of township voters during an August or November regular election.

The measure received overwhelming bipartisan support in the House, advancing it to the Senate for further consideration.

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