METROPOLITAN COUNCILS ACT (EXCERPT)
Act 292 of 1989
124.693 Definitions; MCL 124.693 to 124.713.
As used in sections 43 through 63:
(a) “Articles” means a council's articles of incorporation provided for in section 45.
(b) “Council” means a metropolitan region council established pursuant to this act.
(c) “Council area” means the actual territory of the counties participating in the metropolitan region.
(d) “Largest” means, if used in reference to a county, the county having the greatest population.
(e) “Obscene” means material that meets the following criteria:
(i) When examined in its totality, the material appeals to a prurient interest.
(ii) The material depicts or describes, in a patently offensive way, sexual conduct specifically defined by state law.
(iii) When examined in its totality, the material lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.
(f) “Participating”, if used in reference to a qualified county, means 1 of the following:
(i) After formation of a metropolitan region council, a qualified county that has joined in the formation of the council or been added to the council pursuant to section 51 and that has not withdrawn pursuant to section 63.
(ii) Before formation of a metropolitan region council, a qualified county named in the articles of incorporation as a participating qualified county.
(g) “Qualified city” means a city that meets all of the following conditions:
(i) The city is located in a participating qualified county.
(ii) The city owns 2 or more regional cultural institutions.
(iii) The city has a population of not less than 700,000 persons according to the most recent federal decennial census.
(h) “Qualified county” means a county that meets the following requirements:
(i) The county has a population of not less than 780,000 according to the most recent federal decennial census.
(ii) The county has a qualified city within its geographic boundaries, or is contiguous to a county with a qualified city.
(i) “Regional cultural institution” means a structure, fixture, or activity provided by a tax exempt entity that has been in existence for at least 18 consecutive months before becoming eligible for funding under this chapter. “Regional cultural institution” may include a zoological institute; a science center, whether or not it is affiliated with a private educational institution; a public broadcast station as defined by section 397 of subpart E of part IV of title III of the communications act of 1934, 47 U.S.C. 397, whether or not the public broadcast station is affiliated with an institution of higher education; a museum, whether or not it is affiliated with a private educational institution; a historical center; a performing arts center; a visual or performance art instruction center affiliated with an independent institution of higher education in the arts; an orchestra; a chorus; a chorale; or an opera theater. “Regional cultural institution” does not include a professional sports arena or stadium; a labor organization; a political organization; a library; a public, private, or charter school; or an exhibition, performance, or presentation that is obscene.
(j) “Tax exempt entity” means any of the following:
(i) An organization exempt from taxation under section 501(c) of the internal revenue code of 1986.
(ii) An entity or division owned by an organization described in subparagraph (i).
(iii) An entity owned by a township, city, village, community college, state university, or any other public body that is not a public school, charter school, or public school academy.
History: Add. 1998, Act 375, Imd. Eff. Oct. 20, 1998
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