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2011 House Bill 5104: Court consolidation package

Public Act 38 of 2012

  1. Introduced by Rep. Patrick Somerville (R) on October 19, 2011, to consolidate and reduce the number of judges in Michigan courts, as recommended by the state Supreme Court and the State Court Administrative Office. This is one of a number of such bills, and affects Bay County.
    • Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on October 19, 2011.
      • Reported in the House on December 7, 2011, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Barb Byrum (D) on December 7, 2011, to require a bill that also reduces the number of Court of Appeal judges from 28 to 24 to become law before this bill can, and also require a number of other regular court consolidation bills to become law. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 7, 2011.
  2. Passed 88 to 20 in the House on December 8, 2011.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on December 13, 2011.
    • Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on December 13, 2011.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on February 7, 2012. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 7, 2012.
  4. Passed 37 to 1 in the Senate on February 7, 2012, to consolidate and reduce the number of judges in Michigan courts, as recommended by the state Supreme Court and the State Court Administrative Office. This is one of a number of such bills, and affects Bay County.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the House on February 7, 2012.
  6. Passed 90 to 18 in the House on February 14, 2012, to concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on February 28, 2012.

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