LEGISLATIVE SUBPOENA                                                                              H.B. 4432:

                                                                                                    SUMMARY OF BILL

                                                                                      REPORTED FROM COMMITTEE










House Bill 4432 (as reported without amendment)

Sponsor:  Representative Joseph Graves

House Committee:  Oversight

Senate Committee:  Government Operations




The bill would amend Public Act 118 of 1931, which provides for the administration of oaths and subpoena of witnesses by legislative committees, to do the following:


 --    Allow each house of the Legislature, by resolution of that house, to authorize committees and commissions of or appointed by that house to administer oaths, subpoena witnesses, or to examine the books and records of any person or entity involved in a matter properly before that committee or commission.

 --    Prescribe the method of service for a legislative subpoena.

 --    Allow an individual served with a subpoena to be accompanied by counsel if personal appearance were required.

 --    Specify that the provision of records and files to a committee or commission would not constitute public disclosure of those records or files.


MCL 4.101                                                                      Legislative Analyst:  Jeff Mann




The bill could have an indeterminate negative fiscal impact on local units of government due to possible increased administrative costs associated with complying with the requirement to provide information subject to subpoena, and investigative authority that could be granted to a committee or commission authorized by the Legislature. The potential costs would depend on the information of files and records that would have to be submitted to the authorized committee or commission.


Date Completed:  12-6-18                                                    Fiscal Analyst:  Joe Carrasco





This analysis was prepared by nonpartisan Senate staff for use by the Senate in its deliberations and does not constitute an official statement of legislative intent.