Sen. Hune’s bill to save money, reduce judgeships signed into law


LANSING —A measure designed to save the state money by reducing the number of Michigan Court of Appeals judges was signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Rick Snyder, said Sen. Joe Hune.

“With the decrease in Michigan’s population it makes sense to reduce the number of judges sitting on the Michigan Court of Appeals, especially if it can save the state money,” said Hune, R-Hamburg Township.

Sponsored by Hune, Public Act 40 of 2012 (Senate Bill 849) enacts a four-district reapportionment plan for the Michigan Court of Appeals based on the new population data from the 2010 U.S. Census. The new law would reduce the number of judges on the Michigan Court of Appeals from 28 to 24.

The judgeships would be reduced in a district with more than six incumbent judges when a judge chooses not to run for re-election or cannot run for re-election due to age. Judges cannot run for re-election if they are over the age of 70.

“The Michigan Court of Appeals estimates that funding two judgeships for a full fiscal year costs the state $550,000. That means my measure will could help save the state $1.1 million a year,” Hune said. “I’m glad I was able to sponsor a fiscally responsible and common sense measure. Moreover, I’m happy to see Governor Snyder sign it into law.”