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2011 Senate Bill 402: Authorize physician impaired driver reports

Public Act 354 of 2012

  1. Introduced by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R) on June 1, 2011, to establish that while a physician has no affirmative obligation to report to the Secretary of State or warn third parties regarding any concerns about person's mental and physical qualifications to safely operate a motor vehicle, he or she may do so, and in such a report should recommend a license suspension of six months or more. The bill establishes that the physician has no liability for either making or not making such a report.   Full Text and Analysis.
    • Referred to the Senate Transportation Committee on June 1, 2011.
      • Reported in the Senate on June 6, 2012, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on June 13, 2012.
      1. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on June 13, 2012.
    1. Passed 23 to 15 in the Senate on June 14, 2012, to establish that while a physician has no affirmative obligation to report to the Secretary of State or warn third parties regarding any concerns about person's mental and physical qualifications to safely operate a motor vehicle, he or she may do so, and in such a report should recommend a license suspension of six months or more. The bill establishes that the physician has no liability for either making or not making such a report.
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  2. Received in the House on June 14, 2012.
    • Referred to the House Transportation Committee on June 14, 2012.
      • Reported in the House on September 27, 2012, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    1. Passed 56 to 52 in the House on November 29, 2012, to establish that while a physician has no affirmative obligation to report to the Secretary of State or warn third parties regarding any concerns about person's mental and physical qualifications to safely operate a motor vehicle, he or she may do so, and in such a report should recommend a license suspension of six months or more. The bill establishes that the physician has no liability for either making or not making such a report.
      See who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"
  3. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on December 12, 2012.

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