Gov. Rick Snyder Signs Legislation Expanding Dual Enrollment Opportunities for Michigan Students

Press Release

Date: Feb. 6, 2018
Location: Lansing, MI

Michigan students can now receive high school or postsecondary credits through dual enrollment opportunites in border states under legislation signed today by Gov. Rick Snyder.

"Dual enrollment is a smart, financially efficient way for students to receive high school and college credit," Snyder said. "This bill helps reduce barriers to receiving these credits by allowing students to dual enroll in out-of-state institutions, expanding their ability to take classes in a location that's more convenient for them while reducing the overall cost of their education."

House Bill 4735, sponsored by state Rep. Aaron Miller, allows students to attend out-of-state community colleges, universities and independent nonprofit degree-granting institutions, under certain conditions. The institutions must be within 20 miles of the Michigan border and eligible students must be enrolled in either a Michigan school district that shares a border with the college's home state; a public school academy in a border-sharing district; or a state-approved nonpublic school located in a border-sharing district. It is now Public Act 11.

Snyder also signed five additional bills:

House Bill 4218, sponsored by state Rep. Eric Leutheuser, allows court-operated juvenile treatment programs in small Michigan counties to hire direct care staff if the individual has completed high school or has obtained a general equivalency diploma (GED). Facilities that qualify are located in counties with a population of less than 50,000. It is now Public Act 12 of 2018.

House Bills 4821 and 4822, sponsored by state Reps. Jim Runestad and Jim Ellison, respectively, increase protections for potential heirs of a decedent's estate. HB 4821 limits the opportunity for financial abuse by public administrators by increasing the number of days allowed to an interested individual to petition for appointment as a personal representative before a public administrator may petition. HB 4822 increases protections by allowing appointments only by way of formal proceeding, increased notice requirements to estate heirs and increased oversight by the judiciary. The measures are now Public Acts 13-14 of 2018.

House Bills 4470 and 4471, sponsored by state Rep. Brandt Iden, provide guidelines for commercial real estate receiverships. HB 4470 amends the Revised Judicature Act to specify that an action or proceeding for the appointment of a receiver would not be an action or proceeding to recover a debt for the purposes of a foreclosure by advertisement. HB 4471 creates the Uniform Commercial Real Estate Receivership Act to govern the appointment, powers and judicial oversight of receivers for commercial property. The measures are now Public Acts 15-16 of 2018.