MARRIAGE: AGE OF CONSENT                                                                                                 S.B. 1114-1123:

                                                                                                                                                                                SUMMARY OF BILL

                                                                                                                                                REPORTED FROM COMMITTEE










Senate Bills 1114 through 1123 (as reported without amendment)  

Sponsor:   Senator Michael D. MacDonald (S.B. 1114, 1117, & 1123)

                            Senator Sylvia Santana (S.B. 1115 & 1116)

                            Senator Wayne Schmidt (S.B. 1118)

                            Senator Rosemary Bayer (S.B. 1119)

                            Senator Marshall Bullock (S.B. 1120)

                            Senator Mark Huizenga (S.B. 1121)

                            Senator Erika Geiss (S.B. 1122)

Committee:   Judiciary and Public Safety




Senate Bill 1114  would amend Public Act (PA) 352 of 1921, which prohibits the marriage of an individual under 16 years of age, to increase, from 16 years to 18 years, the minimum age for an individual to get married in Michigan, and to void any marriage entered into by an individual under 18 years of age.


Senate Bill 1115  would amend PA 128 of 1887, which requires parties to be married to obtain a marriage license and establishes the minimum age to contract into a marriage, to do the following:


 --     Delete a provision allowing a person who was 16 years of age but less than 18 years of age to contract into a marriage with the written consent of one of his or her parents or legal guardian.

 --     Modify the population requirement for a county that wished to impose a marriage license fee or nonresident marriage license fee different in amount than the license fees specified in the Act.


Senate Bill 1116  would amend PA 180 of 1897, which governs the issuance of marriage licenses and certificates without publicity, to delete provisions allowing an individual under marriageable age to consent to contract into a marriage with the written consent of his or her parents or legal guardian.


Senate Bill 1117  would amend PA 160 or 1919, which releases legally married minors from parental control and determines their marital rights and duties, to make various language and grammatical changes.


Senate Bill 1118  would amend the Estates and Protected Individuals Code (EPIC) to delete a provision allowing a guardian to consent to a minor ward's marriage and to amend the statutory will form to include the changes proposed in various bills in this package.  


Senate Bill 1119  would amend PA 293 of 1968, which, among other things, establishes the conditions for emancipation of minors, to delete provisions declaring a minor emancipated when he or she is married validly.


Senate Bill 1120  would amend the Revised Statutes 84 of 1846 (Of Divorce) to delete a provision prohibiting a marriage from being annulled when it appears that the parties, after they had attained the age of consent, had freely cohabited as husband and wife.


Senate Bill 1121  would amend Public Act 125 of 2001, which prescribes the rights and responsibilities of hotel and bed and breakfasts with respect to renting or leasing rooms to minors, to modify a provision allowing a hotel or bed and breakfast to requi