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2020 Senate Bill 712: Let villages compel absent council members to attend meetings

Public Act 81 of 2020

Introduced by Sen. Jon Bumstead R-Fremont on January 9, 2020
To empower the presiding officer of a village council to compel the attendance of other council members at a regular or special meeting, and to enforce orderly conduct in the meeting. A board member who refuses to attend or behave in an orderly manner would be guilty of gross neglect of duty and subject to removal by “any police officer designated by the presiding officer.” The bill would also revise procedures for filling a council vacancy, among other things eliminating a requirement for voters to petition for a special election if the council membership falls below the number needed for a quorum.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Local Government Committee on January 9, 2020
Reported in the Senate on February 18, 2020
With the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Amendment offered in the Senate on February 26, 2020
To clarify a particular clause.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 26, 2020
Received in the House on February 27, 2020
Referred to the House Local Government and Municipal Finance Committee on February 27, 2020
Reported in the House on March 11, 2020
Refer to the Committee on Ways and Means with the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted.
Referred to the House Ways and Means Committee on March 11, 2020
Substitute offered by Rep. James Lower R-Greenville on March 17, 2020
To replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance as previously described.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on March 17, 2020
Received in the Senate on March 17, 2020
Signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on April 2, 2020