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2018 House Bill 6553: Empower legislature to intervene in legal challenges to state laws
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.
Received in the Senate on December 6, 2018
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".
The amendment failed 13 to 25 in the Senate on December 20, 2018.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
Amendment offered by Sen. Jim Ananich (D) on December 20, 2018
To limit the legislature to one intervention a year.
The amendment failed 13 to 25 in the Senate on December 20, 2018.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
Amendment offered by Sen. Jim Ananich (D) on December 20, 2018
To require a two-thirds vote of the House and Senate before the legislature may intervene in a case.
The amendment failed 13 to 25 in the Senate on December 20, 2018.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
Received in the House on December 21, 2018
Passed 60 to 47 in the House on December 21, 2018.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.
Vetoed by Gov. Rick Snyder on December 28, 2018

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