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2021 House Bill 5541: Authorize use of multistate “uniform bar examination”

Public Act 59 of 2022

Introduced by Rep. Andrew Fink (R) on November 9, 2021
To authorize use of a “uniform bar examination” created and administered by the National Conference of Bar Examiners to fill the current Michigan mandate that lawyers be members of the state bar association, but only if Michigan officials choose to also administer this uniform test in this state. The bill would also increase a related bar examination fee.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on November 9, 2021
Reported in the House on December 7, 2021
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
To authorize use of a “uniform bar examination” created and administered by the National Conference of Bar Examiners to fill the current Michigan mandate that lawyers be members of the state bar association, but only if Michigan officials chooses to also administer this uniform test in this state. The bill would also increase bar examination fees and related charges.
Received in the Senate on January 26, 2022
Referred to the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee on January 26, 2022
Reported in the Senate on March 15, 2022
With the recommendation that the bill pass.
Amendment offered by Sen. Ruth Johnson (R) on March 23, 2022
To require state officials to adopt a Michigan-law-specific component to go with the uniform bar examination the bill would permit.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on March 23, 2022
Signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on April 7, 2022

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