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2013 Senate Bill 35: Authorize criminal penalties for nonpayment of “administrative hearing bureau” fines

Public Act 188 of 2013

  1. Introduced by Sen. Steve Bieda (D) on January 16, 2013, to authorize additional penalties for failing to pay fines imposed by “administrative hearing bureaus” that most cities are allowed to create for enforcing "blight violations" under a 2003 law. Under that law, cities already have the power to place a lien against the property. The bill would authorize additional fines of $500, and 93 days in jail for a second offense.
    • Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on January 16, 2013.
      • Reported in the Senate on March 7, 2013, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on April 16, 2013. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on April 16, 2013.
  2. Passed 35 to 1 in the Senate on April 18, 2013, to authorize additional penalties for failing to pay fines imposed by “administrative hearing bureaus” that most cities are allowed to create for enforcing "blight violations" under a 2003 law. Under that law, cities already have the power to place a lien against the property. The bill would authorize additional fines of $500, 93 days in jail for a second offense, and up to a year for a third offense.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on April 18, 2013.
    • Referred to the House Local Government Committee on April 18, 2013.
      • Reported in the House on November 5, 2013, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on November 13, 2013. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on November 13, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Brain Banks (D) on November 13, 2013, to exempt the owner of a principal residence from the proposed sanctions if they apply to that principal residence. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on November 13, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D) on November 13, 2013, to strip out a provision that exempts the state Michigan State Housing Development Authority, the federal Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac entities, or another "government-sponsored entity" that owns the property as a result of a delinquent mortgage foreclosure. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on November 13, 2013.
  4. Passed 105 to 5 in the House on November 14, 2013, to authorize additional penalties for failing to pay fines imposed by “administrative hearing bureaus” that most cities are allowed to create for enforcing "blight violations" under a 2003 law, with some exceptions. Under that law, cities already have the power to place a lien against the property. The bill would authorize additional fines of $500, 93 days in jail for a second offense, and up to a year for a third offense.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the Senate on December 3, 2013.
  6. Passed 35 to 1 in the Senate on December 5, 2013.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on December 17, 2013.

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