Gov. Rick Snyder signs legislation ensuring more efficient court systems for Michiganders

Also signs three additional measures

Monday, Nov. 13, 2017

LANSING, Mich. – Problem-solving courts will be more carefully regulated under legislation signed today by Gov. Rick Snyder.

“Problem-solving courts are a great way to ensure that our state’s residents are receiving the individualized help that they may need,” Snyder said. “These bills will help our state’s criminal justice system better serve all Michiganders.”

Senate Bills 435, 437, and 438, sponsored by state Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, establish a certification of drug, sobriety, mental health and veteran’s treatment courts. The bills also align problem-solving courts’ definition of “violent offender” and allow the transfer of jurisdiction from one court to another for the defendant’s participation in a problem-solving court. Senate Bill 436, also sponsored by Sen. Schuitmaker, allows individuals with an ignition interlock device to pick up and drop off their children from school or a daycare facility. The bills are now Public Acts 161-164 of 2017.

Snyder also signed 3 additional bills:

SB 360, sponsored by state Sen. Margaret O’Brien, allows a pharmacist, upon consultation with a patient, to dispense additional quantities of a prescription drug at one time up to the total number authorized by the prescriber. It is now PA 165 of 2017.

SB 372, sponsored by state Sen. Geoff Hansen, removes the requirement for keg beer retailers to attach a keg identification tag containing the purchaser’s contact information. It is now PA 166 of 2017.

SB 378, sponsored by state Sen. Marty Knollenberg, clarifies when a Home for the Aged license is required, allows for exemptions from licensure when certain criteria is met and makes other changes to align with industry standards. It is now PA 167 of 2017.

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