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Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS)

Amending General Law Charters

Reference Number: MTAS-334
Reviewed Date: 12/15/2021

To amend a charter in a general law ("statutory") city, the legislature must pass a public act amending the statute. In order for the legislature to consider a proposed amendment, there must be general agreement (or at least no major disagreements) among most of the cities operating under that charter. If there is not agreement, the legislature is not likely to pass a general law amendment.