MCUL Supported Small Claims Legislation Advances through House (Misc News: May 2, 2012)
MCUL-supported legislation (SB 269 - introduced by state Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Antwerp Twp.) to increase Michigan’s small claims court threshold moved one step closer to enactment as the state House of Representatives passed the measure on a 107-2 vote.
The MCUL’s government affairs team will continue advocating for support as the amended legislation now heads to the full Senate for concurrence, prior to going to the governor for final consideration.
Two weeks ago, an MCUL-supported amendment offered by state Rep. Peter Pettalia, R-Presque Isle, helped the legislation advance through the House Judiciary Committee, providing necessary bipartisan support from the panel’s members prior to consideration by the full House. As amended, the legislation would now provide for an immediate increase from $3,000 to $5,000, followed by four $500 increases occurring every three years.
If approved by the governor, Michigan’s new $5,000 threshold would surpass those of more than 20 other states, significantly increasing access to our small claims court for both consumers and businesses.
The Senate is likely to consider the amended legislation as early as next week. The MCUL continues to encourage the governor’s office to sign the measure upon presentation. For additional information, click here to access the MCUL’s small claims legislative issue brief.