Introduced by Rep. Rob VerHeulen (R) on November 29, 2018 To authorize and empower the state legislature, including either the House or Senate on their own, to intervene in any court of this state whenever they deem it necessary to protect a right or interest of this state, or of that body. The bill is reportedly intended to allow the incoming Republican legislature to pursue the legal defense of previously passed laws it favors should an incoming Democratic Attorney General, Secretary of State or Governor choose not to defend a particular law in court. Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Government Operations Committee on November 29, 2018
Reported in the House on December 4, 2018 Without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
Referred to the Senate Government Operations Committee on December 6, 2018
Reported in the Senate on December 12, 2018 With the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Amendment offered by Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) on December 20, 2018 To require the state to pay "all costs of litigation incurred by a party because the legislature or a house of the legislature intervenes in an action".