"Even knowing all this, I can't stop myself from talking on the cell phone while I drive, so it has to be made illegal," said McArthur, whose GTLA
presentation included the information that 15 states ban or restrict cell phone use by young drivers, and five states and the District of Columbia ban hand-held cell phone use while driving.
The panel held that the GTLA controlled because it had been more recently enacted than the recreational land use act.
First is the GTLA, which provides a broad grant of governmental immunity, subject to several statutory exceptions.
The GTLA states in part: "Except as otherwise provided in this act, all governmental agencies shall be immune from tort liability in all cases wherein the government agency is engaged in the exercise or discharge of a governmental function." By the "[e]xcept as otherwise provided in this act" language, the GTLA proclaims to contain all exceptions to governmental immunity.
In the present case, plaintiffs brought suit against Ypsilanti Township under the recreational land use act, and the township responded by asserting governmental immunity under the GTLA. Plaintiffs argue that the defense of governmental immunity from liability must fail because the recreational land use act is one of the statutorily created exceptions to GTLA immunity.
According to plaintiffs, the GTLA is the general act, and the recreational land use act is the more specific, making the latter an exception to the general grant of immunity under the GTLA.
According to a director of GTLA
, 'We are pleased to announce that we have signed a binding Memorandum of Understanding to acquire Sovereign Transfer Services Corporation.
GTLA assistant secretary Jennifer Barras said: "New landlords sometimes feel out on a limb when difficulties arise, but our members are able to discuss matters with fellow landlords, often resolving problems before the need arises to visit a solicitor."
For information about joining the GTLA call the administration team on 07855 993822.
The second speaker will be Ken Daglish on the benefits of using the GTLA
insurance package including discounted insurance, legal defence and tax protection.
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