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2013 House Bill 5048: Revise drunk or stoned doctor penalties

Public Act 224 of 2013

  1. Introduced by Rep. Charles Brunner (D) on October 2, 2013, to revise the penalties for a health care professional practicing while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The bill would establish a maximum fine of $2,500 for second or subsequent offenses; under current law there is a minimum penalty of $1,000 (plus up to 180 days in jail) but no maximum fine (which is unusual in Michigan's criminal code). The bill would also slightly expand access to non-public records of first offenses where the sentence was deferred if offender meets conditions and terms imposed by the court.
    • Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on October 2, 2013.
      • Reported in the House on October 3, 2013, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
  2. Passed 107 to 0 in the House on October 17, 2013.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on October 22, 2013.
    • Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on October 22, 2013.
      • Reported in the Senate on November 14, 2013, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-3) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on December 11, 2013, to adopt a version that does not revise penalties, but does revise deferred-sentence record sharing. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 11, 2013.
  4. Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on December 12, 2013, to slightly expand access to non-public records of first offenses of a health care professional practicing while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, where the sentence was deferred if, if the offender meets conditions and terms imposed by the court.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the House on December 12, 2013.
  6. Passed 109 to 0 in the House on December 12, 2013, to concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on December 21, 2013.

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