- Associated Press - Friday, December 19, 2014

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation designed to streamline the district court system in Michigan by creating more flexibility for magistrates.

One piece of legislation signed Thursday allows court magistrates to electronically authorize search warrants for their district from any location in the state. The bill also calls for a police officer to file search warrant documentation directly with district judges or magistrates rather than through the court.

Snyder says in a statement that the bills “help modernize our district court system to enable our magistrates to be more efficient.”

Another bill grants magistrates the authority to hear, preside over and decide certain motions for civil cases.

Snyder also signed a bill that clarifies rules for placement of traffic lights in their relationship to Michigan roadways. The legislation is designed to give local governments and the Michigan Department of Transportation the ability to consider using temporary traffic signals on roadsides.

And Snyder signed a bill to extend the timeline for psychology doctoral programs to apply for accreditation. The bill provides continued stability for students and employees by allowing additional time for programs to obtain designation for accreditation.

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