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

Public Act 590 of 2012

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.   Official Text and Analysis.
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.
Passed 25 to 13 in the Senate on November 28, 2012 (same description)
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.
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
Passed 63 to 46 in the House on December 12, 2012 (same description)
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.
Received in the Senate on December 13, 2012
Passed 20 to 17 in the Senate on December 13, 2012
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on January 7, 2013

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