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2013 House Bill 4786: Increase vital records fees

Public Act 136 of 2013

  1. Introduced by Rep. Matt Lori (R) on May 29, 2013, to increase the fees for obtaining copies of vital records such as birth and death certificates. The fee increases range from $4 to $15 per record, and the bill also authorizes an extra $25 fee for “expedited” service.
    • Referred to the House Appropriations Committee on May 29, 2013.
      • Reported in the House on June 12, 2013, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on June 18, 2013. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on June 18, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Rob VerHeulen (R) on June 18, 2013, to clarify whether certain fees may be levied by the state or a local "registrar". The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on June 18, 2013.
  2. Passed 58 to 50 in the House on September 12, 2013.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on September 17, 2013.
    • Referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee on September 17, 2013.
      • Reported in the Senate on September 24, 2013, with the recommendation that the bill pass.
  4. Failed 18 to 19 in the Senate on October 1, 2013, to increase the fees for obtaining copies of vital records such as birth and death certificates. The fee increases range from $4 to $15 per record, and the bill also authorizes an extra $25 fee for “expedited” service.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Moved to reconsider by Sen. Arlan Meekhof (R) on October 1, 2013, the vote by which the bill was defeated. The motion passed by voice vote in the Senate on October 1, 2013.
  6. Received in the Senate on October 1, 2013.
  7. Passed 20 to 18 in the Senate on October 1, 2013, to increase the fees for obtaining copies of vital records such as birth and death certificates. The fee increases range from $4 to $15 per record, and the bill also authorizes an extra $25 fee for “expedited” service.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  8. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on October 15, 2013.

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