SB-0957, As Passed Senate, April 24, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUBSTITUTE FOR

 

SENATE BILL NO. 957

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     A bill to make appropriations for the judiciary for the fiscal

 

year ending September 30, 2013; and to provide for the expenditure

 

of the appropriations.

 

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:

 

PART 1

 

LINE-ITEM APPROPRIATIONS

 

FOR FISCAL YEAR 2012-2013

 

     Sec. 101. Subject to the conditions set forth in this act, the

 

amounts listed in this part are appropriated for the judicial

 

branch for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2013, from the

 

funds indicated in this part. The following is a summary of the

 

appropriations in this part:

 

JUDICIARY


 

APPROPRIATION SUMMARY

 

   Full-time equated exempted positions............ 472.0

 

GROSS APPROPRIATION.................................... $    273,760,100

 

   Interdepartmental grant revenues:

 

Total interdepartmental grants and intradepartmental

 

   transfers............................................         2,638,200

 

ADJUSTED GROSS APPROPRIATION........................... $    271,121,900

 

   Federal revenues:

 

Total federal revenues.................................         6,017,100

 

   Special revenue funds:

 

Total local revenues...................................         7,049,300

 

Total private revenues.................................           921,800

 

Total other state restricted revenues..................        88,582,200

 

State general fund/general purpose..................... $    168,551,500

 

    State general fund/general purpose schedule:

 

   Ongoing state general fund/general

 

    purpose.................................. 167,914,600

 

   One-time state general fund/general

 

    purpose...................................... 636,900

 

   Sec. 102. SUPREME COURT

 

   Full-time equated exempted positions............ 237.0

 

Supreme court administration--92.0 FTE positions....... $     12,701,800

 

Judicial institute--13.0 FTE positions.................         2,151,300

 

State court administrative office--61.0 FTE positions..        13,645,900

 

Judicial information systems--22.0 FTE positions.......         3,498,100

 

Direct trial court automation support--36.0 FTE

 

   positions............................................         6,970,700


 

Foster care review board--10.0 FTE positions...........         1,493,700

 

Community dispute resolution--3.0 FTE positions........         2,350,900

 

Other federal grants...................................           275,100

 

Drug treatment courts..................................        13,383,000

 

Community court pilot project..........................            20,000

 

GROSS APPROPRIATION.................................... $     56,490,500

 

    Appropriated from:

 

   Interdepartmental grant revenues:

 

IDG from department of state police....................         1,800,000

 

IDG from department of corrections.....................            50,000

 

IDG from state police - Michigan justice training fund.           326,200

 

   Federal revenues:

 

DOJ, victims assistance programs.......................            54,300

 

DOJ, drug court training and evaluation................           300,000

 

DOT, national highway traffic safety administration....         1,380,900

 

HHS, access and visitation grant.......................           593,800

 

HHS, children's justice grant..........................           222,600

 

HHS, court improvement project.........................         1,251,900

 

HHS, title IV-D child support program..................           979,700

 

HHS, title IV-E foster care program....................           625,900

 

Other federal grant revenues...........................           275,100

 

   Special revenue funds:

 

Local - user fees......................................         6,970,700

 

Private................................................           182,500

 

Private - interest on lawyers trust accounts...........           251,100

 

Private - state justice institute......................           401,000

 

Community dispute resolution fund......................         2,350,900


 

Court filing/motion fees...............................         1,641,800

 

Law exam fees..........................................           608,900

 

Drug court fund........................................         1,920,500

 

Miscellaneous revenue..................................           335,900

 

Justice system fund....................................           755,400

 

State court fund.......................................           365,900

 

State general fund/general purpose..................... $     32,845,500

 

   Sec. 103. COURT OF APPEALS

 

   Full-time equated exempted positions............ 175.0

 

Court of appeals operations--175.0 FTE positions....... $      21,551,100

 

GROSS APPROPRIATION.................................... $     21,551,100

 

    Appropriated from:

 

State general fund/general purpose..................... $     21,551,100

 

   Sec. 104. BRANCHWIDE APPROPRIATIONS

 

   Full-time equated exempted positions.............. 4.0

 

Branchwide appropriations--4.0 FTE positions........... $       8,365,400

 

GROSS APPROPRIATION.................................... $      8,365,400

 

    Appropriated from:

 

State general fund/general purpose..................... $      8,365,400

 

   Sec. 105. JUSTICES' AND JUDGES' COMPENSATION

 

   Full-time judges positions...................... 607.0

 

Supreme court justices' salaries--7.0 justices......... $      1,152,300

 

Court of appeals judges' salaries--28.0 judges.........         4,240,300

 

District court judges' state base salaries--250.0

 

   judges...............................................        23,183,300

 

District court judicial salary standardization.........        11,453,900

 

Probate court judges' state base salaries--104.0


 

   judges...............................................         9,722,100

 

Probate court judicial salary standardization..........         4,715,300

 

Circuit court judges' state base salaries--218.0

 

   judges...............................................        20,558,100

 

Circuit court judicial salary standardization..........         9,979,300

 

Judges' retirement system defined contributions........         3,998,400

 

OASI, social security..................................         5,559,800

 

GROSS APPROPRIATION.................................... $     94,562,800

 

    Appropriated from:

 

   Special revenue funds:

 

Court fee fund.........................................         7,090,200

 

State general fund/general purpose..................... $     87,472,600

 

   Sec. 106. JUDICIAL AGENCIES

 

   Full-time equated exempted positions.............. 7.0

 

Judicial tenure commission--7.0 FTE positions.......... $       1,084,600

 

GROSS APPROPRIATION.................................... $      1,084,600

 

    Appropriated from:

 

State general fund/general purpose..................... $      1,084,600

 

   Sec. 107. INDIGENT DEFENSE - CRIMINAL

 

   Full-time equated exempted positions............. 49.0

 

Appellate public defender program--42.0 FTE positions.. $      6,109,300

 

Appellate assigned counsel administration--7.0 FTE

 

   positions............................................         1,032,100

 

GROSS APPROPRIATION.................................... $      7,141,400

 

    Appropriated from:

 

   Interdepartmental grant revenues:

 

IDG from state police - Michigan justice training fund.           452,900


 

   Federal revenues:

 

Other federal grant revenues...........................           281,700

 

   Special revenue funds:

 

Private - interest on lawyers trust accounts...........            79,000

 

Miscellaneous revenue..................................           127,500

 

State general fund/general purpose..................... $      6,200,300

 

   Sec. 108. INDIGENT CIVIL LEGAL ASSISTANCE

 

Indigent civil legal assistance........................ $       7,937,000

 

GROSS APPROPRIATION.................................... $      7,937,000

 

    Appropriated from:

 

   Special revenue funds:

 

State court fund.......................................         7,937,000

 

State general fund/general purpose..................... $              0

 

   Sec. 109. TRIAL COURT OPERATIONS

 

Court equity fund reimbursements....................... $     60,835,100

 

Judicial technology improvement fund...................         4,815,000

 

GROSS APPROPRIATION.................................... $     65,650,100

 

    Appropriated from:

 

   Special revenue funds:

 

Court equity fund......................................        50,440,000

 

Judicial technology improvement fund...................         4,815,000

 

State general fund/general purpose..................... $     10,395,100

 

   Sec. 110. GRANTS AND REIMBURSEMENTS TO LOCAL

 

GOVERNMENT

 

Drug case-flow program................................. $        250,000

 

Drunk driving case-flow program........................         3,300,000

 

Juror compensation reimbursement.......................         6,600,000


 

GROSS APPROPRIATION.................................... $     10,150,000

 

    Appropriated from:

 

   Special revenue funds:

 

Drug fund..............................................           250,000

 

Drunk driving fund.....................................         3,300,000

 

Juror compensation fund................................         6,600,000

 

State general fund/general purpose..................... $              0

 

   Sec. 111. ONE-TIME BASIS ONLY APPROPRIATIONS

 

State employee lump-sum payments....................... $         827,200

 

GROSS APPROPRIATION.................................... $        827,200

 

    Appropriated from:

 

One-time interdepartmental grant.......................             9,100

 

One-time federal revenue...............................            51,200

 

One-time local revenue.................................            78,600

 

One-time private revenue...............................             8,200

 

One-time state restricted revenue......................            43,200

 

State general fund/general purpose..................... $        636,900

 

 

 

 

 

PART 2

 

PROVISIONS CONCERNING APPROPRIATIONS

 

FOR FISCAL YEAR 2012-2013

 

GENERAL SECTIONS

 

     Sec. 201. Pursuant to section 30 of article IX of the state

 

constitution of 1963, total state spending from state resources

 

under part 1 for fiscal year 2012-2013 is $257,133,700.00 and state

 

spending from state resources to be paid to local units of


 

government for fiscal year 2012-2013 is $127,604,200.00. The

 

itemized statement below identifies appropriations from which

 

spending to local units of government will occur:

 

JUDICIARY

 

SUPREME COURT

 

State court administrative office...................... $      1,611,900

 

Drug treatment courts..................................        13,383,000

 

TRIAL COURT OPERATIONS

 

Court equity fund reimbursements....................... $     60,835,100

 

Judicial technology improvement fund...................         4,815,000

 

JUSTICES' AND JUDGES' COMPENSATION

 

District court judicial salary standardization......... $     11,453,900

 

Probate court judges' state base salaries..............         9,722,100

 

Probate court judicial salary standardization..........         4,715,300

 

Circuit court judicial salary standardization..........         9,979,300

 

Grant to OASI contribution fund, employers share,

 

    social security.....................................           938,600

 

GRANTS AND REIMBURSEMENTS TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT

 

Drunk driving case-flow program........................ $      3,300,000

 

Drug case-flow program.................................           250,000

 

Juror compensation reimbursement.......................         6,600,000

 

TOTAL.................................................. $    127,604,200

 

     Sec. 202. (1) The appropriations authorized under this act are

 

subject to the management and budget act, 1984 PA 431, MCL 18.1101

 

to 18.1594.

 

     (2) Funds appropriated in part 1 to an entity within the

 

judicial branch shall not be expended or transferred to another


 

account without written approval of the authorized agent of the

 

judicial entity. If the authorized agent of the judicial entity

 

notifies the state budget director of its approval of an

 

expenditure or transfer, the state budget director shall

 

immediately make the expenditure or transfer. The authorized

 

judicial entity agent shall be designated by the chief justice of

 

the supreme court.

 

     Sec. 203. As used in this act:

 

     (a) "DOJ" means the United States department of justice.

 

     (b) "DOT" means the United States department of

 

transportation.

 

     (c) "FTE" means full-time equated.

 

     (d) "HHS" means the United States department of health and

 

human services.

 

     (e) "IDG" means interdepartmental grant.

 

     (f) "OASI" means old age survivor's insurance.

 

     Sec. 204. The judicial branch shall not take disciplinary

 

action against an employee for communicating with a member of the

 

legislature or his or her staff.

 

     Sec. 208. The reporting requirements of this act shall be

 

completed with the approval of, and at the direction of, the

 

supreme court, except as otherwise provided in this act. The

 

judicial branch shall use the Internet to fulfill the reporting

 

requirements of this act. This may include transmission of reports

 

via electronic mail to the recipients identified for each reporting

 

requirement, or it may include placement of reports on an Internet

 

or Intranet site.


 

     Sec. 212. The judicial branch receiving appropriations in part

 

1 shall receive and retain copies of all reports funded from

 

appropriations in part 1. Federal and state guidelines for short-

 

term and long-term retention of records shall be followed. The

 

judicial branch may electronically retain copies of reports unless

 

otherwise required by federal and state guidelines.

 

     Sec. 214. Funds appropriated in part 1 shall not be used for

 

the purchase of foreign goods or services, or both, if

 

competitively priced and of comparable quality American goods or

 

services, or both, are available. Preference shall be given to

 

goods or services, or both, manufactured or provided by Michigan

 

businesses, if they are competitively priced and of comparable

 

quality. In addition, preference shall be given to goods or

 

services, or both, that are manufactured or provided by Michigan

 

businesses owned and operated by veterans, if they are

 

competitively priced and of comparable quality.

 

     Sec. 215. (1) Due to the current budgetary problems in this

 

state, out-of-state travel for the fiscal year ending September 30,

 

2013 shall be limited to situations in which 1 or more of the

 

following conditions apply:

 

     (a) The travel is required by legal mandate or court order or

 

for law enforcement purposes.

 

     (b) The travel is necessary to protect the health or safety of

 

Michigan citizens or visitors or to assist other states in similar

 

circumstances.

 

     (c) The travel is necessary to produce budgetary savings or to

 

increase state revenues, including protecting existing federal


 

funds or securing additional federal funds.

 

     (d) The travel is necessary to comply with federal

 

requirements.

 

     (e) The travel is necessary to secure specialized training for

 

staff that is not available within this state.

 

     (f) The travel is financed entirely by federal or nonstate

 

funds.

 

     (2) If out-of-state travel is necessary but does not meet 1 or

 

more of the conditions in subsection (1), the chief justice or his

 

or her designee may grant an exception to allow the travel. Any

 

exceptions granted by the chief justice or his or her designee

 

shall be reported on a monthly basis to the senate and house of

 

representatives standing committees on appropriations.

 

     (3) Not later than January 1 of each year, the state court

 

administrative office shall prepare a travel report listing all

 

travel by judicial branch employees outside this state in the

 

immediately preceding fiscal year that was funded in whole or in

 

part with funds appropriated in the budget for the judicial branch.

 

The report shall be submitted to the senate and house of

 

representatives standing committees on appropriations, the senate

 

and house fiscal agencies, and the state budget director. The

 

report shall include the following information:

 

     (a) The name of each person receiving reimbursement for travel

 

outside this state or whose travel costs were paid by this state.

 

     (b) The destination of each travel occurrence.

 

     (c) The dates of each travel occurrence.

 

     (d) A brief statement of the reason for each travel


 

occurrence.

 

     (e) The transportation and related costs of each travel

 

occurrence, including the proportion funded with state general

 

fund/general purpose revenues, the proportion funded with state

 

restricted revenues, the proportion funded with federal revenues,

 

and the proportion funded with other revenues.

 

     (f) A total of all out-of-state travel funded for the

 

immediately preceding fiscal year.

 

     Sec. 219. Not later than November 15, 2013, the judiciary

 

shall prepare and transmit a report that provides for estimates of

 

the total general fund/general purpose appropriation lapses at the

 

close of the fiscal year. This report shall summarize the projected

 

year-end general fund/general purpose appropriation lapses by major

 

program or program areas. The report shall be transmitted to the

 

office of the state budget, the chairpersons of the senate and

 

house appropriations committees, and the senate and house fiscal

 

agencies.

 

     Sec. 221. From the funds appropriated in part 1, the judicial

 

branch shall develop, post, and maintain, on a user-friendly and

 

publicly accessible Internet site, all expenditures made by the

 

judicial branch within a fiscal year. The posting shall include the

 

purpose for which each expenditure is made. The judicial branch

 

shall not provide financial information on its website under this

 

section if doing so would violate a federal or state law, rule,

 

regulation, or guideline that establishes privacy or security

 

standards applicable to that financial information.

 

     Sec. 222. Within 14 days after the release of the executive


 

budget recommendation, the judicial branch shall provide the state

 

budget director, the senate and house appropriations chairs, the

 

senate and house appropriations subcommittees on the judiciary,

 

respectively, and the senate and house fiscal agencies with an

 

annual report on estimated state restricted fund balances, state

 

restricted fund projected revenues, and state restricted fund

 

expenditures for the fiscal years ending September 30, 2012 and

 

September 30, 2013.

 

 

 

JUDICIAL BRANCH

 

     Sec. 301. Pursuant to the appropriations in part 1, the direct

 

trial court automation support program of the state court

 

administrative office shall recover direct and overhead costs from

 

trial courts by charging for services rendered. The fee shall cover

 

the actual costs incurred to the direct trial court automation

 

support program in providing the service, including development of

 

future versions of case management systems.

 

     Sec. 302. Funds appropriated within the judicial branch shall

 

not be expended by any component within the judicial branch without

 

the approval of the supreme court.

 

     Sec. 303. Of the amount appropriated in part 1 for the

 

judicial branch, $325,000.00 is allocated for circuit court

 

reimbursement under section 3 of 1978 PA 16, MCL 800.453, and

 

$186,900.00 is allocated for court of claims reimbursement under

 

section 6413 of the revised judicature act of 1961, 1961 PA 236,

 

MCL 600.6413.

 

     Sec. 306. The supreme court and the state court administrative


 

office shall continue to maintain, as a priority, the assisting of

 

local trial courts in improving the collection of judgments.

 

     Sec. 308. If sufficient funds are not available from the court

 

fee fund to pay judges' compensation, the difference between the

 

appropriated amount from that fund for judges' compensation and the

 

actual amount available after the amount appropriated for trial

 

court reimbursement is made shall be appropriated from the state

 

general fund for judges' compensation.

 

     Sec. 309. By April 1, 2013, the state court administrative

 

office shall provide an update on the status of the pilot mental

 

health courts to the state budget director, the senate and house

 

appropriations subcommittees on the judiciary, and the senate and

 

house fiscal agencies.

 

     Sec. 310. From the funds appropriated in part 1 for drug

 

treatment court programs, with the approval of and at the

 

discretion of the supreme court, the state court administrative

 

office shall evaluate and collect data on the performance of drug

 

treatment court programs. The state court administrative office

 

shall provide an annual review of the performance of drug courts as

 

prescribed in section 1078(6) of the revised judicature act of

 

1961, 1961 PA 236, MCL 600.1078. All of the following apply to that

 

annual review:

 

     (a) It shall include measures of the impact of drug court

 

programs in changing offender criminal involvement (recidivism) and

 

substance abuse and in reducing prison admissions.

 

     (b) It shall be completed no later than April 1 of each year

 

and shall also be provided to the senate and house appropriations


 

subcommittees on the judiciary, the senate and house fiscal

 

agencies, and the state budget director.

 

     (c) The evaluation of a program funded with federal Byrne

 

funds shall be consistent with the requirements contained in the

 

federal Byrne grant for that program.

 

     Sec. 311. (1) The funds appropriated in part 1 for drug

 

treatment courts shall be administered by the state court

 

administrative office to operate drug treatment court programs. A

 

drug treatment court shall be responsible for handling cases

 

involving substance abusing nonviolent offenders through

 

comprehensive supervision, testing, treatment services, and

 

immediate sanctions and incentives. A drug treatment court shall

 

use all available county and state personnel involved in the

 

disposition of cases including, but not limited to, parole and

 

probation agents, prosecuting attorneys, defense attorneys, and

 

community corrections providers. The funds may be used in

 

connection with other federal, state, and local funding sources.

 

     (2) From the funds appropriated in part 1, the chief justice

 

shall allocate sufficient funds for the judicial institute to

 

provide in-state training for those identified in subsection (1),

 

including training for new drug treatment court judges.

 

     (3) For drug treatment court grants, consideration for

 

priority may be given to those courts where higher instances of

 

substance abuse cases are filed.

 

     (4) The judiciary shall receive $1,800,000.00 in Byrne formula

 

grant funding as an interdepartmental grant from the department of

 

state police to be used for expansion of drug treatment courts, to


 

assist in avoiding prison bed space growth for nonviolent offenders

 

in collaboration with the department of corrections.

 

     Sec. 312. From the funds appropriated in part 1, the state

 

court administrator shall produce a statistical report regarding

 

the implementation of the parental rights restoration act, 1990 PA

 

211, MCL 722.901 to 722.908, as it pertains to minors seeking a

 

court-issued waiver of parental consent. The state court

 

administrative office shall report the total number of petitions

 

filed and the total number of petitions granted in accordance with

 

section 208.

 

     Sec. 317. Funds appropriated in part 1 shall not be used for

 

the permanent assignment of state-owned vehicles to justices or

 

judges or any other judicial branch employee. This section does not

 

preclude the use of state-owned motor pool vehicles for state

 

business in accordance with approved guidelines.

 

     Sec. 318. The funds appropriated in part 1 for the community

 

court pilot project shall be used for the purposes of administering

 

a pilot program of neighborhood-focused community courts. The state

 

court administrative office shall work collaboratively with the

 

designated courts when establishing the community courts.

 

     Sec. 320. (1) From the funds appropriated in part 1 for drug

 

treatment courts, $6,000,000.00, including $1,641,800.00 from court

 

filing/motion fees and $87,600.00 of miscellaneous revenue

 

transferred from court of appeals funding, shall be administered by

 

the state court administrative office to distribute to qualifying

 

counties to support a swift-and-sure sanctions program. Of the

 

$6,000,000.00 designated for the swift-and-sure sanctions program,


 

up to $100,000.00 shall be available to the state court

 

administrative office to pay for employee costs associated with the

 

administration of the program funds. A qualifying county shall

 

apply to the state court administrative office for a portion of the

 

funds appropriated in part 1.

 

     (2) A qualifying county that receives funding under this

 

section shall provide a report on the program to the state budget

 

director, the senate and house appropriations subcommittees on the

 

judiciary, and the senate and house fiscal agencies. The report

 

shall include all of the following:

 

     (a) The number of offenders who participate in the program.

 

     (b) The criminal history of offenders who participate in the

 

program.

 

     (c) The recidivism rate of offenders who participate in the

 

program, including the rate of return to jail, prison, or both.

 

     (d) A detailed description of the establishment and parameters

 

of the program.

 

     (3) As used in this section:

 

     (a) "Program" means a swift-and-sure sanctions program.

 

     (b) "Qualifying county" means a county that has a drug

 

treatment court or a DWI/sobriety court.

 

     Sec. 321. It is the intent of the legislature that the

 

judicial branch support a statewide legal self-help Internet

 

website and local nonprofit self-help centers that use the

 

statewide website to provide assistance to individuals representing

 

themselves in civil legal proceedings.

 

     Sec. 322. If Byrne formula grant funding is awarded to the


 

state appellate defender, the state appellate defender office may

 

receive and expend Byrne formula grant funds in an amount not

 

exceeding $250,000.00 as an interdepartmental grant from the

 

department of state police.

 

 

 

 

 

PART 2A

 

PROVISIONS CONCERNING ANTICIPATED APPROPRIATIONS

 

FOR FISCAL YEAR 2013-2014

 

GENERAL SECTIONS

 

     Sec. 1201. It is the intent of the legislature to provide

 

appropriations for the fiscal year ending on September 30, 2014 for

 

the line items listed in part 1. The fiscal year 2013-2014

 

appropriations are anticipated to be the same as those for fiscal

 

year 2012-2013, except that the line items will be adjusted for

 

changes in caseload and related costs, federal fund match rates,

 

economic factors, and available revenue. These adjustments will be

 

determined after the January 2013 consensus revenue estimating

 

conference.