For the first time in 24 years the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency updated the standards to protect the health of state farm workers. This change will strengthen regulations to protect agricultural workers from the risks of toxic pesticides.
Michigan Zoning Authorization Act
Migrant Legal Aid was alerted to an alarming zoning ordinance that would have required landowners to keep citizenship records for people living in migrant farmworker housing. MLA learned of this through Telamon Corporation, and was able to respond to the issue. Benjamin O'Hearn from MLA attended a public hearing on the issue. MLA argued against this requirement based on the fact that it exceeded the Michigan Zoning Authorization Act, that it was an arbitrary requirement, and that it was potentially a violation of equal protection under the United States Constitution. The township decided to amend the proposed ordinance to eliminate the requirement to keep citizenship records. MLA will continue to observe future proposed changes in this ordinance.