What does it mean?
It means that they do not want irate citizens showing up at city council meetings and throwing shoes at the boardmembers. (It’s OK to throw shoes at Bush, however...)
A public zoning official who is sued by an individual can recover 3X damages if he and the judge conspire to claim all three of the conditions are met:
1. He was sued because he performed his official duties,
2. The individual used email, letters, or speech to protest
the zoning official’s actions, and
3. The individual ‘dared’ to file a lawsuit.
Basically, it’s a law intended to stifle zoning lawsuits by property owners.......
THE CIVIL ACTION WAS INITIATED WITH THE PRIMARY PURPOSE OF
HARASSING OR INTIMIDATING THE INDIVIDUAL OR OTHERWISE HINDERING
THAT INDIVIDUAL'S PARTICIPATION IN THE PROCESS OF GOVERNMENT.”
If you contact by letter, telephone, email, photograph or any kind of communication with your public official, employee, or anyone working for the government you can be sued for treble damages or $5,000 dollar which ever is more if the Judge finds “by a preponderance of the evidence” they were harassed or intimidated by the taxpayer!
What ever happened to the peoples Constitutional Right to “redress of grievances against their government?” This State Representative Kevin Elsenheimer has forgotten that he is a State Representative and is suppose to Represent the people's interest and not the governments!
I just received an email response form my State Representative Kevin Elsenheimer and he is still pushing the legislation.
what does it mean? It means Michigan is going further down the toilet. Michigan still contains too many stupid people. As more smart people leave Michigan, a higher percentage of those who remain are stupid.