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2013 House Bill 5050: Ban credit card fraud "skimming" devices

Public Act 212 of 2013

  1. Introduced by Rep. Kurt Heise (R) on October 3, 2013, to authorize criminal penalties for the possession or use of a "skimmer" device designed to gain access to a person's financial accounts (for example, when a person is using an ATM machine). This and other bills in a legislative package would authorize the same penalties as a 2012 law banning "automated sales suppression devices" for falsifying electronic cash register records, called “zappers” or “phantom-ware": Five years in prison and a $25,000 fine for a first offense, increasing to 15 years for a third and subsequent offenses.
    • Referred to the House Criminal Justice Committee on October 3, 2013.
      • Reported in the House on October 23, 2013, with the recommendation that the amendment be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Amendment offered in the House on November 6, 2013, to exempt skimming devices used by law enforcement officers in the line of duty. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on November 6, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Tom McMillin (R) on November 6, 2013, to remove a minimum penalty provision ("not less than one year"). The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on November 6, 2013.
    • Moved to reconsider by Rep. Jim Stamas (R) on November 6, 2013, to adopt a legislative process detail so amendments adopted earlier can be removed. The motion passed by voice vote in the House on November 6, 2013.
    • Moved to reconsider by Rep. Jim Stamas (R) on November 6, 2013, to reconsider the vote by which the House adopted the McMillin amendment. The motion passed by voice vote in the House on November 6, 2013.
  2. Passed 109 to 0 in the House on November 7, 2013, to authorize criminal penalties of up to five years in prison and a $100,000 fine for the possession or use of a "skimmer" device designed to gain access to a person's financial accounts (for example, when a person is using an ATM machine).
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on November 12, 2013.
    • Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on November 12, 2013.
      • Reported in the Senate on November 13, 2013, with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    • Amendment offered in the Senate on December 11, 2013, to establish that if passed the bill will go into effect on April 1, 2014. The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 11, 2013.
  4. Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on December 12, 2013, to authorize criminal penalties of up to five years in prison and a $100,000 fine for the possession or use of a "skimmer" device designed to gain access to a person's financial accounts (for example, when a person is using an ATM machine).
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the House on December 12, 2013.
  6. Passed 109 to 0 in the House on December 12, 2013, to concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on December 21, 2013.

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