State House’s Judiciary Committee dilutes guardianship reform bills

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Members of the state House Judiciary Committee heard testimony Tuesday on proposed legislation aimed at reforming Michigan’s guardianship system, voting to approve new versions of bills with several potent elements removed.

Committee Chair Graham Filler, a DeWitt Republican and bill sponsor, acknowledged the changes during Tuesday’s hearing.

“We’re definitely doing this with eyes wide open and trying to make a piece of legislation that actually works in the real world,” Filler said.

The substitute legislation does not require guardians to be immediately certified and does not increase the in-person visit requirement from quarterly to monthly, as was the case in the original version of the bills.

“That was just viewed as an unrealistic concept so we’ve modified that,” Filler said, of monthly in-person visits.

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