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2013 House Bill 4704: Restrict legal challenges to county budget

Public Act 172 of 2013

Introduced by Rep. Peter Pettalia (R) on May 7, 2013 To restrict legal challenges to the spending levels in a county’s annual budget, establishing that only the county’s chief administrative officer and the chief judge of a court funded by a county have standing to bring such a challenge in court. Also, to establish that the state Court of Appeals is the only venue for such suits. This relates to a recent challenge by the Wayne County Prosecutor over the amount of money the county board appropriated for that office.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on May 7, 2013
Reported in the House on May 23, 2013 With the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the House on June 4, 2013
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on June 4, 2013
Passed 88 to 21 in the House on June 5, 2013.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To restrict legal challenges to the spending levels in a county’s annual budget, establishing that only the county’s chief administrative officer and the chief judge of a court funded by a county have standing to bring such a challenge in court. Also, to establish that the state Court of Appeals is the only venue for such suits, and establish a legal presumption that the amount appropriated is sufficient. This relates to a recent challenge by the Wayne County Prosecutor over the amount of money the county board appropriated for that office.
Received in the Senate on June 6, 2013
Referred to the Senate Government Operations Committee on June 6, 2013
Reported in the Senate on October 22, 2013 With the recommendation that the substitute (S-3) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the Senate on October 30, 2013
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on October 30, 2013
Passed 29 to 8 in the Senate on October 31, 2013.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To restrict legal challenges to the spending levels in a county’s annual budget, establishing that only "an elected official heading a branch of county government" and the chief judge of a court funded by a county have standing to bring such a challenge in court. Also, to establish that the state Court of Appeals is the only venue for such suits, and establish a legal presumption that the amount appropriated is sufficient. This relates to a recent challenge by the Wayne County Prosecutor over the amount of money the county board appropriated for that office.
Received in the House on October 31, 2013
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on November 18, 2013

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