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2014 House Bill 5785: Expand permissible criminal court cost levies

Public Act 352 of 2014

Introduced by Rep. John Walsh (R) on September 9, 2014
To expand the costs that can be imposed on a individual convicted in a criminal case. Among other things the bill would authorize imposing an assessment covering a share of the “salaries and benefits of relevant court personnel,” a share of the “goods and services” necessary for the operation of the court, and a share of the costs for the “operation and maintenance of court buildings and facilities.” In addition, the bill would establish that a court has no duty to provide a “calculation of the costs involved in a particular case”.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on September 9, 2014
Reported in the House on September 11, 2014
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered by Rep. John Walsh (R) on September 17, 2014
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on September 17, 2014
Amendment offered by Rep. Paul D. Clemente (D) on September 17, 2014
To essentially sunset the authorization to impose costs defined by the bill as "reasonable" as of 27 months after the bill becomes law.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on September 17, 2014
Amendment offered by Rep. John Walsh (R) on September 17, 2014
To require courts to start "separately calculating those costs involved in the particular case" no later than 27 months after the bill becomes law.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on September 17, 2014
Amendment offered by Rep. Jeff Irwin (D) on September 17, 2014
To prohibit jailing a defendant who does not have the resources to pay the extra costs for failing to pay these costs.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on September 17, 2014
Passed 95 to 14 in the House on September 18, 2014.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To expand the costs that can be imposed on a individual convicted in a criminal case. The bill would authorize imposing assessments covering a share of court employee salaries and benefits, of "goods and services” used in operating the court, and of court building “operation and maintenance" costs. In addition, the bill would establish that a court has no duty to provide a “calculation of the costs involved in a particular case.” The bill reverses a state Supreme Court case that limited charges to those specifically allowed in a particular statute; its provisions would expire in 27 months, presumably to allow the legislature to rationalize these impositions for courts across the state.
Received in the Senate on September 23, 2014
Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 23, 2014
Reported in the Senate on September 30, 2014
With the recommendation that the substitute (S-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on October 2, 2014.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To expand the costs that can be imposed on a individual convicted in a criminal case. The bill would authorize imposing assessments covering a share of court employee salaries and benefits, of "goods and services” used in operating the court, and of court building “operation and maintenance" costs. In addition, the bill would establish that a court has no duty to provide a “calculation of the costs involved in a particular case.” The bill reverses a state Supreme Court case that limited charges to those specifically allowed in a particular statute; its provisions would expire in 36 months, presumably to allow the legislature to rationalize these impositions for courts across the state.
Received in the House on October 2, 2014
Passed 95 to 12 in the House on October 2, 2014.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on October 15, 2014

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