Opinion: Michigan shouldn't give away option to regulate short term rentals

John Kavanagh

As the Michigan Legislature considers a state preemption bill this session that would take away authority from local governments to regulate short-term vacation rentals, I offer a unique perspective as an Arizona legislator who watched his state legislature enact essentially the same bill.

In 2016, Arizona passed a vacation rental law almost identical to the legislation being considered in Michigan. I’ve seen firsthand the consequences this legislation had on communities and what could be in store for the Great Lakes State.

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