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2013 Senate Bill 401: Insulate DIA art collection from federal bankruptcy liquidation
  1. Introduced by Sen. Randy Richardville (R) on May 29, 2013, to require “art institutes” in the state to adopt a code of ethics for museums published by the American Alliance of Museums. Reportedly this is a means of insulating the Detroit Institute of Art’s collection from being sold off should the city file for bankruptcy in federal court.
    • Referred to the Senate Government Operations Committee on May 29, 2013.
      • Reported in the Senate on June 5, 2013, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on June 11, 2013. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on June 11, 2013.
  2. Passed 24 to 13 in the Senate on June 11, 2013, to require “art institutes” in the state to adopt a code of ethics for museums published by the American Alliance of Museums. Reportedly this is a means of insulating the Detroit Institute of Art’s collection from being sold off should the city file for bankruptcy in federal court. Toward that same end, the bill would prohibit a municipal art museum from being sold, leased, pledged, mortgaged, or otherwise encumbered.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

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