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2011 House Bill 5058: Restrict using campaign contributions for politicians' criminal defense

Public Act 275 of 2012

Introduced by Rep. Marty Knollenberg R-Troy on October 12, 2011
To prohibit a political candidate committee from using campaign contributions to defend or pay the legal costs of an elected or appointed official in a civil or criminal action, except for cases involving campaign finance issues, a recall campaign, a recount, or actions that tangibly benefit the nomination or election of the candidate.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Redistricting and Elections Committee on October 12, 2011
Reported in the House on March 6, 2012
Without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
Amendment offered by Rep. David Nathan D-Detroit on March 13, 2012
To broaden the exceptions the bill would allow to the proposed prohibition.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 13, 2012
Received in the Senate on March 15, 2012
Referred to the Senate Local Government & Elections Committee on March 15, 2012
Reported in the Senate on May 31, 2012
With the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Amendment offered in the Senate on June 12, 2012
To establish that if passed the bill will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2013.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on June 12, 2012
Received in the House on June 13, 2012
To concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on June 27, 2012