LANSING, Mich., June 5, 2024 — After careful consideration of current law related to the powers and duties of townships, state Rep. Jaime Churches (D-Wyandotte) introduced legislation to remove barriers surrounding a township’s ability to own and operate a bridge. Churches released the following statement, after introducing House Bill 5779:

“After speaking with many residents and local elected officials from my district affected by transportation issues with our bridges, it has become clear that there is a unique need for townships to be able to own and manage a bridge if they choose to do so. Currently, state law does not allow for this to occur — which is why I have introduced House Bill 5779 to make this necessary, common-sense update and remove a potential obstacle for townships in the future.”