RAISE THE AGE FUND

House Bill 4146 as introduced

Sponsor:  Rep. Mary Whiteford

Committee:  Judiciary

Complete to 4-8-19

SUMMARY:

House Bill 4146 would add a new section to the Social Welfare Act to create the Raise the Age Fund in the state treasury. Money or other assets from any source could be received by the treasurer for deposit into the fund. The treasurer would direct investment of the fund and credit to the fund interest and earnings from the fund’s investments. Money in the fund at the close of a fiscal year would remain in the fund and not lapse to the general fund. The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) would be the fund administrator for auditing purposes and would expend money from the fund, upon appropriation, to support the cost of raising the age of criminal responsibility for juveniles.

Proposed MCL 400.117i

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

House Bill 4146 is part of a larger bill package known as the “Raise the Age” legislation, which is intended to treat individuals who are 17 years of age as juveniles in criminal proceedings rather than automatically treating them as adults.

FISCAL IMPACT:

House Bill 4146 would not have a fiscal impact on the state or local units of government.

                                                                                        Legislative Analyst:   Susan Stutzky

                                                                                               Fiscal Analysts:   Viola Bay Wild

                                                                                                                           Kevin Koorstra

This analysis was prepared by nonpartisan House Fiscal Agency staff for use by House members in their deliberations, and does not constitute an official statement of legislative intent.