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2013 House Bill 4771: Ban vehicle accident-related commercial solicitations (“ambulance chasing”)

Public Act 219 of 2013

Introduced by Rep. Joseph Graves (R) on May 23, 2013
To make it a crime to contact a vehicle accident victim or family members for purposes of commercial solicitation (“ambulance chasing”) within 30 days of the accident, with violations subject to two years in prison and a $15,000 fine. House Bill 4771 makes it a crime to obtain an accident report for this purpose.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on May 23, 2013
Reported in the House on September 12, 2013
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the House on October 8, 2013
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on October 8, 2013
Amendment offered by Rep. Joseph Haveman (R) on October 8, 2013
To make second and subsequent violations subject to a $30,000 fine and up to a year in jail.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on October 8, 2013
Amendment offered by Rep. Joseph Graves (R) on October 9, 2013
To remove provisions related to a first-offense felony penalty authorized by the original version of the bill but not included in the final version.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on October 9, 2013
To make it a crime to contact a vehicle accident victim or family members for purposes of commercial solicitation (“ambulance chasing”) within 30 days of the accident, with violations subject to a $15,000 fine. House Bill 4771 makes it a crime to obtain an accident report for this purpose.
Received in the Senate on October 10, 2013
Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on October 10, 2013
Reported in the Senate on November 7, 2013
With the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the Senate on December 11, 2013
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 11, 2013
Received in the House on December 12, 2013
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on December 21, 2013

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