November 2023

An informative e-newsletter for the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan.

Michigan Legislature Promotes Solar Energy Development With New Solar Energy Facilities Taxation Act


By Douglas Johnson, Esq., Zausmer, PC

New legislation aimed at promoting solar energy development in Michigan went into effect on July 27, 2023. House Bill 4317 is tie-barred with 4318, the former creating the new Solar Energy Facilities Taxation Act (the “Act”), and the latter amending the General Property Taxation Act accordingly. The Act looks to galvanize support for solar development within local communities, while offering the benefit of more certain tax costs to developers via a fixed rate payment in lieu of taxes (PILT) framework in place of ad valorem property taxes. The combined effect of this two-pronged approach may reduce the level of contention and frequency of costly litigation between local governments and solar energy facility owners.

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Legislative Report

Save the date - Recent Legislation and Hot Topics on the Horizon

Thursday, January 18, 2024

“Virtual” Program: 3:00–4:30 p.m.

Program Chair: Brian Foley, Bodman

Jason Long, Williams Williams Rattner & Plunkett
Tabitha Zimny, Karoub Associates

Stay up to date on recent legislation and executive orders, and get a preview of new legislation, that may be on the horizon!  RPLS Legislative Committee Chair Jason Long will begin with a discussion of new legislation affecting real property that has been passed into law during the last year. Next we will hear from the Section’s lobbyist, Tabitha Zimny. Tabitha will provide an update on bills that are currently pending in the state legislature. This virtual seminar is a must for practitioners who want to remain current on new developments in real property law. 

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Registration Fees:
Section Members: $25   Non-Section Members: $45

For additional information, contact Karen Schwartz at:

Save the date - Winter Conference 2024

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“Some Like it Hot”
March 7-9, 2024
The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Scottsdale

Registration and Program Information to come

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The views and opinions expressed in these articles are those of the authors, and they do not reflect in any way the positions of the State Bar of Michigan or the Real Property Law Section. These columns are meant for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. IRS Circular 230 Disclosure: To ensure compliance with requirements imposed by the Internal Revenue Service, we inform you that any U.S. federal tax advice contained in this communication (including any attachments) was not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, by any person for the purpose of (i) avoiding tax-related penalties or (ii) promoting, marketing, or recommending to another person any transaction or matter addressed in this communication.