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2013 House Bill 4344: Revise special Detroit powers population threshold

Public Act 170 of 2013

  1. Introduced by Rep. Thomas Stallworth, III (D) on February 28, 2013, to revise the population threshold in a law that gives Detroit the power to define a fire arson investigator as a police officer. The Michigan constitution prohibits passing “local acts” with less than a two-thirds majority vote in the House and Senate, so the legislature has circumvented this by granting certain privileges or exemptions to “a city with a population greater than 1 million,” later revised to 900,000, and then 750,000. This bill changes that to 600,000.
    • Referred to the House Local Government Committee on February 28, 2013.
      • Reported in the House on June 6, 2013, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. John Walsh (R) on June 12, 2013. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on June 12, 2013.
  2. Passed 107 to 0 in the House on June 13, 2013.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on June 18, 2013.
    • Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 18, 2013.
      • Reported in the Senate on September 10, 2013, with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    • Amendment offered in the Senate on September 26, 2013, to establish that the Detroit Chief of Police is automatically deemed to be a state certified peace officer, and extend certification to an person employed as a police officer in another state within the past year if that state has certification standards substantially the same as Michigan's. The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on September 26, 2013.
  4. Passed 36 to 1 in the Senate on September 26, 2013, to revise the population threshold in a law that gives Detroit the power to define a fire arson investigator as a police officer. The Michigan constitution prohibits passing “local acts” with less than a two-thirds majority vote in the House and Senate, so the legislature has circumvented this by granting certain privileges or exemptions to “a city with a population greater than 1 million,” later revised to 900,000, and then 750,000. This bill changes that to 600,000. Also, to establish that the Detroit Chief of Police is automatically deemed to be a state certified peace officer, and extend certification to an person employed as a police officer in another state within the past year if that state has certification standards substantially the same as Michigan's, to establish that the Detroit Chief of Police is automatically deemed to be a state certified peace officer, and extend certification to an person employed as a police officer in another state within the past year if that state has certification standards substantially the same as Michigan's.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the House on September 26, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Amanda Price (R) on October 23, 2013, to revise details of the provision establishing reciprocal licensing with states that have substantially the same standars. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on October 23, 2013.
  6. Passed 106 to 1 in the House on October 23, 2013, to concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Received in the Senate on October 24, 2013.
  8. Passed 36 to 1 in the Senate on November 5, 2013, to concur with the House-passed version of the bill.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  9. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on November 18, 2013.

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