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CUs Needed to Testify on Small Claims Court Threshold Legislation   (Misc News: February 16, 2012)

MCUL & Affiliates is looking for credit union representatives who would be willing to testify before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on a bill that would change the small claims court threshold.

Last year, state Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, introduced SB 269 to raise Michigan’s small claims court threshold. Originally, the bill would have raised the threshold from $3,000 to $10,000, a ceiling that has not increased in more than 10 years. However, it was reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee with an amended threshold of $8,000. In October, the MCUL was able to preserve the $8,000 ceiling on the Senate floor as well as avert two MCUL-opposed amendments including one to carve out all businesses excluding financial institutions from the increased threshold and one to reduce the threshold from $8,000 to $5,000.

SB 269 was then referred to the House Judiciary Committee, as passed by the Senate, and could be taken up for consideration sometime in the next few months. The MCUL has had several recent meetings with the chair and committee members on this issue. Given that the district court judges and other court administration groups continue to oppose the legislation, we are looking to identify credit unions that are willing to join the MCUL in testifying in support of SB 269 at the upcoming House Judiciary Committee hearing. Additionally, the participation of any credit unions with a presence in the Livonia, Northville or Plymouth areas would be of particular importance. If your credit union has representatives who would be willing to join the MCUL & Affiliates in the upcoming hearing, contact the State Legislative Manager Vicki Baron at

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