Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
January 7-13, 2008
Volume 6 Issue 2

FOCUS: Revenue Estimating Conference
On January 11, the January 2008 Consensus Agreement was finalized by the Senate and House Fiscal Agencies and the State Budget Office. The General Fund Budget is expected to be short revenue by $234 million and the School Aid Fund to be short revenue by $135 million from the last Consensus Agreement in May 2007. The projected shortfalls are close to 2007 year-end surplus levels.

See related:
Consensus Revenue Agreement - Executive Summary
Consensus Revenue Estimates (Senate Fiscal Agency)
Consensus Revenue Agreement (House Fiscal Agency)
State Budget Projected Year-End Balances (Senate Fiscal Agency)

In the Capitol
Committee meetings of interest for the week of 1/14
1/16 Senate Appropriations
Agenda: Presentation by Gary Olson, Director Senate Fiscal Agency regarding January 2008 Consensus Revenue Estimating Committee Report and 2007 Budget Surplus

1/16 House Appropriations
Agenda: Supplemental; all matters properly before the Committee.

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 1/9 – 1/10
Of Interest to the Legal Community

HB 5598 Family law; marriage and divorce; placement of pets by court in an annulment, divorce, or separate maintenance action; provide for. Amends 1846 RS 84 (MCL 552.1 - 552.45) by adding sec. 22a.

HB 5605 Law enforcement; other; certain licenses and databases; restrict contents and disclosure. Creates new act.

Of General Interest
SB 1011 Business tax; other; definition of purchases from other firms; revise to include certain services. Amends sec. 113 of 2007 PA 36 (MCL 208.1113).

In the Hall of Justice
The Michigan Supreme Court will hold an administrative public hearing on Wednesday, January 23, 2008, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Supreme Court courtroom located on the sixth floor of the Michigan Hall of Justice, 925 W. Ottawa Street, Lansing, Michigan 48915.
Public Hearing Agenda

To reserve a place on the agenda, please notify the Office of the Clerk of the Court in writing at P.O. Box 30052, Lansing, Michigan 48909, or by e-mail to, no later than Monday, January 21, 2008.

City of Lansing's Appeal in Road Injury Case Before Michigan Supreme Court; Injured Girls Walked in Street, were hit by car After Finding City Sidewalk Blocked by Ice and Snow

Rule Amendments
2007-27 – Amendment of Rule 5.125 of the Michigan Court Rules
The amendment of MCR 5.125 conforms the rule to language in MCL 700.5311 by clarifying that parents are interested persons entitled to notice in a petition for the appointment of a guardian of an alleged incapacitated individual, regardless of whether the alleged incapacitated individual has living adult children.
Issued: January 8, 2008
Effective: Immediately
Comment period expires: January 23, 2008
Public Hearing: January 23, 2008

At the Bar
The State Bar of Michigan’s Public Policy, Image, and Identity Committee and Board of Commissioners will meet on Thursday, January 17. The Board of Commissioners will meet on Friday, January 18. For a copy of either agenda, please contact

SBM Section Name Change Reflects Rapidly Changing Developments in the Law



Links of Interest
Public Policy Resource Center | Michigan Supreme Court | Michigan Legislature | MCL Search Engines