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2015 Senate Bill 291: Authorize wrongful imprisonment compensation

Public Act 343 of 2016

Introduced by Sen. Steve Bieda (D) on April 23, 2015
To authorize payment by the state of civil damages to a person wrongfully imprisoned for a crime he or she did not commit. The damages would be $60,000 for each year of wrongful imprisonment, plus “economic damages” including lost wages, plus reasonable attorney fees.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee on April 23, 2015
Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on July 1, 2015
Reported in the Senate on September 29, 2015
With the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Amendment offered by Sen. Steve Bieda (D) on June 9, 2016
To remove "tie bars" that require several other bills to become law for this one to become law.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on June 9, 2016
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on June 9, 2016.
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To authorize payment by the state of civil damages to a person wrongfully imprisoned for a crime he or she did not commit. The damages would be $50,000 for each year of wrongful imprisonment, plus “economic damages” including lost wages, plus reasonable attorney fees.
Received in the House on July 13, 2016
Referred to the House Criminal Justice Committee on July 13, 2016
Reported in the House on September 20, 2016
Without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
Amendment offered by Rep. Stephanie Chang (D) on December 7, 2016
To establish that an individual could also sue in federal court and collect damages against officials involved in the wrongful conviction.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 7, 2016
Received in the Senate on December 8, 2016
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on December 8, 2016.
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To concur with the House-passed version of the bill.
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on December 21, 2016

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