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2012 Senate Bill 1240: Extend lawsuit liability waivers to certain social services agencies

Public Act 590 of 2012

  1. Introduced by Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R) on September 11, 2012, to give social services agencies licensed to oversee child adoptions, foster care and other child care issues immunity from liability for personal injury or property damage caused by the agency's provision of services, except for gross negligence or willful misconduct.
    • Referred to the Senate Families, Seniors & Human Services Committee on September 11, 2012.
      • Reported in the Senate on October 17, 2012, with the recommendation that the bill pass.
  2. Passed 25 to 13 in the Senate on November 28, 2012.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on November 28, 2012.
    • Referred to the House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee on November 28, 2012.
      • Reported in the House on December 4, 2012, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on December 11, 2012. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on December 11, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Dian Slavens (D) on December 11, 2012, to only extend immunity from liability under very narrow circumstances specified in the amendment. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 11, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Barb Byrum (D) on December 11, 2012, link this bill to passage of House Bill 4520, which would classify as first degree murder the act of intentionally discharging a firearm at an occupied building when this causes death (as in a “drive-by” shooting). The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 11, 2012.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Kenneth Kurtz (R) on December 11, 2012, to spell out which social service agencies are covered by the bill to include a "child welfare residential or home-based program, a program involving foster care coordination including adoption activities, a respite care program, or behavioral health or early education services operating under contract and as an agent for the department of human services". The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on December 11, 2012.
  4. Passed 63 to 46 in the House on December 12, 2012, to give social services agencies licensed to oversee child adoptions, foster care and other child care issues immunity from liability for personal injury or property damage caused by the agency's provision of services, except for gross negligence or willful misconduct.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the Senate on December 13, 2012.
  6. Passed 20 to 17 in the Senate on December 13, 2012.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on January 7, 2013.

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