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2003 House Bill 4983: Impose immigration clerical assistant regulations

Public Act 161 of 2004

Introduced by Rep. Steve Tobocman (D) on July 16, 2003
To impose new licensure requirements, fees, and regulations on “immigration clerical assistants.” These are persons who provide services relating to any immigration matter. Those with a preexisting personal, family, or business relationship who are doing the work without compensation, lawyers, or supervised law students would be exempt. Non-profit organizations could apply for a licensure waiver.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Criminal Justice Committee on July 16, 2003
Reported in the House on February 25, 2004
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the House on March 18, 2004
To replace the previous version of the bill with one that does not require licensure, but instead establishes an "Immigration Clerical Assistant Registry." Those who provide the covered services would have to register and pay a $250 fee to do so. Certain service providers would be exempt, such as nonprofits.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on March 18, 2004
Amendment offered by Rep. Steve Tobocman (D) on March 18, 2004
To strip out the provision making the proposed $250 fee a one-time fee only, and add a $90 renewal fee every three years, and other fees.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 18, 2004
Amendment offered by Rep. Steve Tobocman (D) on March 18, 2004
To clarify a technical reference in a provision contained in the bill.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 18, 2004
Amendment offered by Rep. Bill Huizenga (R) on March 18, 2004
To clarify language in a several of the bill's provisions in a way that does not change the substance of the provisions.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 18, 2004
Amendment offered by Rep. Bill Huizenga (R) on March 18, 2004
To remove soliciting immigration assistance business for a profit from the list of prohibited types of unfair conduct.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 18, 2004
Amendment offered by Rep. Steve Tobocman (D) on March 18, 2004
To clarify a certain technical definition in the bill.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 18, 2004
To require registration and authorize regulation of “immigration clerical assistants.” These are persons who provide services relating to any immigration matter. Those with a preexisting personal, family, or business relationship who are doing the work without compensation, lawyers, or supervised law students would be exempt. Non-profit organizations could apply for a waiver. The bill would impose registration fees, bonding requirements, regulations and price controls on certain services provided by registrants, and would prohibit them from providing certain services.
Received in the Senate on March 23, 2004
Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 23, 2004
Reported in the Senate on May 13, 2004
With the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the Senate on June 2, 2004
To replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance of the bill as previously described, amended to "grandfather" certain existing nonprofit religious, charitable, social service, or similar organizations, so they would be exempt from the registration and regulations imposed by the bill.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on June 2, 2004
To require registration and authorize regulation of “immigration clerical assistants.” These are persons who provide services relating to any immigration matter. Those with a preexisting personal, family, or business relationship who are doing the work without compensation, lawyers, or supervised law students would be exempt. Non-profit organizations could apply for a waiver. The bill would impose registration fees, bonding requirements, regulations and price controls on certain services provided by registrants, and would prohibit them from providing certain services.
Received in the House on June 3, 2004
Amendment offered by Rep. Steve Tobocman (D) on June 8, 2004
To move back the date the bill goes into effect.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on June 8, 2004
To concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill, amended to move back the date the bill goes into effect.
Received in the Senate on June 9, 2004
To concur with the House-passed version of the bill.
Signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm on June 18, 2004

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