LANSING — Ingham County officials said they are irate they were not consulted before Tuesday about fast-tracked legislation that would take away a share of the county’s circuit court resources.
Senate Bill 652 would move management of the state Court of Claims from Ingham County Circuit Court to the Michigan Court of Appeals.
If the bill becomes law, Ingham County could lose as much as $500,000 in annual state funding — which would likely force the county to cut staff and could mean the loss of at least one of the county’s five trial division judges in circuit court.
The legislation was introduced two weeks ago by Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge. It was swiftly approved by the Republican-led Senate last week.
On Tuesday afternoon, the bill also passed the House Government Operations Committee on a 3-2 vote, despite several objections to the constitutionality of the bill’s provisions. Republicans on the panel were the only supporters.
You can read more by Paul Egan and Senate Bill 652 in the Detroit Free Press