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Small Claims Threshold Legislation Passes Senate, Moves to House for Consideration   (Misc News: October 20, 2011)

S.B. 269, legislation introduced by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, to raise Michigan’s small claims court threshold, was passed out of the full Senate on Wednesday, Oct. 19.

The bill now advances to the Judiciary Committee in the state House of Representatives for further consideration. The MCUL encourages credit unions to send thank you emails to the 31 senators who voted in support of SB 269. Click here to view the list of senators who supported the legislation, and click here to access your senator’s contact information.

Originally, SB 269 would have raised the threshold for filing in small claims court from $3,000 to $10,000, a ceiling that has not increased in more than a decade. However, S.B. 269 was reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee with an amended threshold of $8,000. Two MCUL-opposed amendments were offered on the Senate floor. One would have carved out all businesses excluding financial institutions from the increased threshold, and the other would have reduced the threshold from $8,000 down to $5,000. Both amendments were defeated and the legislation now advances to the House as passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The MCUL’s government affairs team will now focus their efforts on members of the House, particularly those serving on the House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Rep. John Walsh, R-Livonia. While plenty of work remains in the House, the MCUL was pleased to see the Senate take action on the legislation. The league encourages credit union officials to click here and send the MCUL’s CapWiz letter to their state representative, urging their support of S.B. 269.


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