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2013 Senate Bill 652: Establish state Appeals Court as venue for suits against the state

Public Act 164 of 2013

Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on October 24, 2013 To establish that the venue for all legal claims against state agencies, commissions, boards, etc., which is the state “court of claims”, will no longer be the Ingham County circuit court, and instead will be the state Court of Appeals (which consists of 24 judges elected in four regional elections). Specifically, the state Supreme Court would assign four Court of Appeals judges to be the new Court of Claims, who would have to come from at least two of the four COA regions.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on October 24, 2013
Reported in the Senate on October 30, 2013 With the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the Senate on October 30, 2013
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on October 30, 2013
Passed 26 to 11 in the Senate on October 30, 2013 (same description)
To establish that the venue for all legal claims against state agencies, commissions, boards, etc., which is the state “court of claims”, will no longer be the Ingham County circuit court, and instead will be the state Court of Appeals (which consists of 24 judges elected in four regional elections). Specifically, the state Supreme Court would assign four Court of Appeals judges to be the new Court of Claims, who would have to come from at least two of the four COA regions.
Received in the House on October 31, 2013
Referred to the House Government Operations Committee on October 31, 2013
Reported in the House on November 5, 2013 Without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
Amendment offered by Rep. Sam Singh (D) on November 5, 2013 To make the proposed change prospective only, so that it only applies to future cases.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on November 5, 2013
Amendment offered by Rep. Rudy Hobbs (D) on November 5, 2013 To prohibit appropriating any extra money to the state Attorney General office to cover costs the proposed change might generate.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on November 5, 2013
Amendment offered by Rep. Rudy Hobbs (D) on November 5, 2013 To narrow the expanded scope of cases the proposal would authorize the court of claims to hear.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on November 5, 2013
Amendment offered by Rep. Ellen Lipton (D) on November 5, 2013 To establish that if passed the bill will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2014.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on November 5, 2013
Amendment offered by Rep. Tom Cochran (D) on November 5, 2013 To require the (revised) Court of Claims to submit periodic reports to the legislature on the cost of implementing the proposed change.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on November 5, 2013
Amendment offered by Rep. Jeff Irwin (D) on November 5, 2013 To require the Supreme Court to randomly select the four Court of Appeals judges who will serve as the Court of Claims.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on November 5, 2013
Amendment offered by Rep. Jeff Irwin (D) on November 5, 2013 To make the proposed change prospective only, so that it only applies to future cases, not pending cases.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on November 5, 2013
Amendment offered by Rep. Jeff Irwin (D) on November 5, 2013 To make explicit that the court of claims does not have jurisdiction over claims against the state related to an employee who is acting outside the scope of his or her government duties.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on November 5, 2013
Amendment offered by Rep. Andy Schor (D) on November 5, 2013 To require that extra money be appropriated for five years to Ingham County to cover any costs related to its circuit court no longer acting as the court of claims for the entire state.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on November 5, 2013
Amendment offered by Rep. Tim Greimel (D) on November 5, 2013 To slightly reduce the jurisdiction of the court of claims, and repeal its authority to grant a new trial for a case.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on November 5, 2013
Amendment offered by Rep. Tim Greimel (D) on November 5, 2013 To require the Appeals Court judges assigned to the court of claims to run for reelection in 2014, and revise other details.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on November 5, 2013
Amendment offered by Rep. Jeff Irwin (D) on November 5, 2013 To remove a proposed limitation on the court of claims retrying cases decided by juries.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on November 5, 2013
Amendment offered by Rep. Phil Cavanagh (D) on November 5, 2013 To make the bill's implementation contingent on the state Supreme Court issuing an advisory opinion on its constitutionality.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on November 5, 2013
Amendment offered by Rep. Martin Howrylak (R) on November 5, 2013 To establish that if passed the bill will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2015.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on November 5, 2013
Passed 57 to 52 in the House on November 6, 2013 (same description)
To establish that the venue for all legal claims against state agencies, commissions, boards, etc., which is the state “court of claims”, will no longer be the Ingham County circuit court, and instead will be the state Court of Appeals (which consists of 24 judges elected in four regional elections). Specifically, the state Supreme Court would assign four Court of Appeals judges to be the new Court of Claims, who would have to come from at least two of the four COA regions.
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on November 12, 2013

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