House Considers Drain Code Changes

This morning the House Local Government Committee heard testimony on House Bills 4622 and 4793, bills that make some procedural changes to the Michigan Drain Code.

More specifically HB 4622 would modify the procedures for changing the boundaries of county drainage districts. It would modify the process by eliminating boards of determination and allowing review by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

House Bill 4793 deals with the taking of private property. It updates the statute to make it consistent with condemnation proceedings outlined in the Uniform Condemnation Procedures Act.

The committee did not vote on this legislation.

Samantha Harkins is the Director of State Affairs for the Michigan Municipal League.  She can be reached at 517-908-0306 or email at