After signing SB 652, the controversial bill that changes the jurisdiction and operations of the state's Court of Claims, Governor Snyder indicated that a "trailer bill" would be introduced shortly addressing the subject of jury trials. Here it is. The text:
HOUSE BILL No. 5156
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:
Sec. 6421. (1) NOTHING IN THIS CHAPTER ELIMINATES OR CREATES ANY RIGHT A CLAIMANT MAY HAVE TO A TRIAL BY JURY. NOTHING IN THIS CHAPTER DEPRIVES THE CIRCUIT OR DISTRICT COURT OF JURISDICTION TO HEAR AND DETERMINE A CLAIM FOR WHICH THERE IS A RIGHT TO A TRIAL BY JURY AS OTHERWISE PROVIDED BY LAW. EXCEPT AS OTHERWISE PROVIDED IN THIS SECTION, IF A CLAIMANT HAS THE RIGHT TO A TRIAL BY JURY AND ASSERTS THAT RIGHT AS REQUIRED BY LAW, THE CLAIM MAY BE HEARD AND DETERMINED BY A CIRCUIT OR DISTRICT COURT IN THE APPROPRIATE VENUE.
(2) FOR DECLARATORY OR EQUITABLE RELIEF SOUGHT BY A CLAIMANT WITHIN THE JURISDICTION OF THE COURT OF CLAIMS DESCRIBED IN SECTION 6419(1) AND ARISING OUT OF THE SAME TRANSACTION OR SERIES OF TRANSACTIONS WITH A MATTER ASSERTED FOR WHICH A CLAIMANT HAS THE RIGHT TO A TRIAL BY JURY UNDER SUBSECTION (1), UNLESS JOINED AS PROVIDED IN SUBSECTION (3), THE COURT OF CLAIMS SHALL RETAIN EXCLUSIVE JURISDICTION OVER THE MATTER OF DECLARATORY OR EQUITABLE RELIEF UNTIL A FINAL JUDGMENT HAS BEEN ENTERED, AND THE MATTER ASSERTED FOR WHICH A CLAIMANT HAS THE RIGHT TO A TRIAL BY JURY UNDER SUBSECTION (1) SHALL BE STAYED UNTIL FINAL JUDGMENT ON THE MATTER OF DECLARATORY OR EQUITABLE RELIEF.
(3) With the approval of all parties, any matter within the jurisdiction of the court of claims described in section 6419(1) 13 may be joined for trial with cases arising out of the same transaction or series of transactions that are pending in any of the various trial courts of the state. A case in the court of claims that has been joined with the approval of all parties shall be tried and determined by the judge even though the trial court action with which it may be joined is tried to a jury under the supervision of the same trial judge.