Michigan House Committee Passes Industry-Supported Legislation

11/9/2017 9:00 AM

The legislation, up for consideration by the Michigan House of Representatives in December, would allow state licensed agencies to employ an on-site attorney.


The Michigan Association of Collection Agencies (Michigan ACA) is one step closer to having a bill passed that would allow collection agencies to employ an on-site attorney.

In a unanimous vote (16-0) Nov. 8, the Michigan House Regulatory Reform Committee passed Senate Bill 0385 allowing licensed Michigan-based agencies to employ an on-site attorney. Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Lansing, sponsored the bill while Sen. Rick Jones, R-Lansing, co-sponsored it.

Michigan is one of a few states that prohibits collection agencies from employing an attorney to provide litigation services to its creditor clients or for compliance-related purposes. 

Michigan ACA President Scott Idle testified in support of the bill along with Legislative Chair and Past President Tom Terres.

“The Michigan ACA is taking great strides in breaking down long-held misperceptions of what we do and how we do it,” Idle said. “Our unit is made up of honest, hard-working small business owners that deserve positive change and SB 0385 is one example of just that. While there is much work to be done on our agenda, this is a step in the right direction that we are all very proud of.”

The Michigan Senate passed the bill unanimously (37-0) Oct. 19.

The Michigan House of Representatives is expected to vote on the bill in early December and send it to the governor’s desk for approval.

For additional information on the bill, you may contact Scott Idle at sidle@congresscollection.com. 

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Pictured left to right are Scott Idle, president of Michigan Association of Collection Agencies and CEO of Mid-Michigan Collection Bureau; Jennifer Dietrich, COO of Universal Credit Services; Jim Angelo, president/CEO of JJ Marshall & Associates Inc.; State Sen. Jim Stamas; Tom Oldani, vice president, Arbor Professional Solutions Inc.; and Tom Terres from the Mid-Michigan Collection Bureau.