Small Claims Legislation Clears Senate, Heads to Governor (Misc News: May 8, 2012)
MCUL-supported legislation (SB 269 - introduced by state Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Antwerp Twp.) to increase Michigan’s small claims court threshold has cleared another important hurdle and is heading to Governor Snyder’s desk for final consideration.
Last week, an amended version of the bill passed through the state House of Representatives on a 107-2 vote and was sent back to the Senate.
Tuesday, the measure was taken up by the Senate where it passed 37-0.
The bill provides for an immediate increase of the threshold from $3,000 to $5,000, followed by four $500 increases occurring every three years. At $5,000, Michigan’s threshold would surpass those of more than 20 other states, significantly increasing access to our small claims court for both consumers and businesses.
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.