Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
February 11-17, 2008
Volume 6 Issue 7

In the Capitol
Committee meetings of interest for the week of 2/18
2/19 House Appropriations: Human Services
Agenda: Title IV-E initiative; Transition of Maxey medium-secure placements; Licensing of foster families; Out-of-state juvenile justice placements; Special needs adoption cases; SSI legal services programs; Child placing agencies single foster care rate.

2/19 House Senior Health, Security, and Retirement
Agenda item of interest: HB 5669 Prohibit magistrate from refusing to accept complaint in cases alleging vulnerable adult abuse because signed upon information and belief by individual other than the victim. 

2/20 Senate Appropriations: Judiciary & Corrections
Agenda: Michigan Department of Corrections FY 2008-09 Budget

2/20 House Judiciary
Agenda: SB 0667 Allow county clerk in a county other than county in which clerk serves as a person authorized to solemnize marriage; HB 4914 Prohibit and provide penalties for human trafficking by force, fraud, or coercion; HB 4915 Enact sentencing guidelines for crime of human trafficking; HB 4916 Establish as a predicate offense for racketeering human trafficking; HB 4917 Allow forfeiture of property involved in human trafficking; HB 4918 Provide for additional restitution for victims of human trafficking. 

2/21 House Judiciary: Corrections and Sex Offender Registration
Agenda: Presentation on the Adam Walsh Act by Susan Parnas Frederick, Federal Affairs Counsel for the National Conference of State Legislatures

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 2/12 – 2/14
Of Interest to the Legal Community

HJR OO Criminal procedure; bail; individual charged with a felony who has entered or remained in United States illegally; prohibit granting bail. Amends sec. 15, art. I of the state constitution.

HB 5699 Juveniles; other; setting of per diem rates for youth rehabilitation services; clarify. Amends sec. 5 of 1974 PA 150 (MCL 803.305).

HB 5705 Appropriations; zero budget; judiciary; provide for fiscal year 2008-2009. Creates appropriation act.

HB 5713 Appropriations; zero budget; department of human services; provide for fiscal year 2008-2009. Creates appropriation act.

HB 5717 Appropriations; zero budget; department of corrections; provide for fiscal year 2008-2009. Creates appropriation act.

HB 5727 Probate; wills and estates; forfeiture and revocation of benefits for individuals who abused, neglected, or exploited decedent; provide for. Amends secs. 2802, 2803 & 2804 of 1998 PA 386 (MCL 700.2802 et seq.).

HB 5729 Probate; powers of attorney; written acknowledgment of responsibilities by agent appointed under a power of attorney; require. Amends sec. 5501 of 1998 PA 386 (MCL 700.5501).

HB 5730 Financial institutions; savings banks; written disclosure of joint account policy; require. Amends 1996 PA 354 (MCL 487.3101 - 487.3804) by adding sec. 435.

HB 5731 Financial institutions; credit unions; written disclosure of joint account policy; require. Amends 1968 PA 41 (MCL 490.51 - 490.65) by adding sec. 14b.

HB 5732 Financial institutions; banks; written disclosure of joint account policy; require. Amends 1999 PA 276 (MCL 487.11101 - 487.15105) by adding sec. 4103b.

HB 5733 Financial institutions; savings and loan associations; written disclosure of joint account policy; require. Amends 1980 PA 307 (MCL 491.102 - 491.1202) by adding sec. 629.

SB 1095 Appropriations; zero budget; department of corrections; provide for fiscal year 2008-2009. Creates appropriation act.

SB 1101 Appropriations; zero budget; department of human services; provide for fiscal year 2008-2009.

SB 1102 Appropriations; zero budget; judiciary; provide for fiscal year 2008-2009.

SB 1116 Probate; wills and estates; forfeiture of benefits for conviction of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of an elderly individual; provide for. Amends secs. 2802, 2803 & 2804 of 1998 PA 386 (MCL 700.2802 et seq.).

Of General Interest
HB 5723 Business tax; other; credit for contributions to individual or family development accounts; allow. Amends 2007 PA 36 (MCL 208.1101 - 208.1601) by adding sec. 426.

HB 5726 Occupations; health care professions; mandatory reporting requirements of suspected abuses and neglect; expand to health care providers. Amends sec. 11a of 1939 PA 280 (MCL 400.11a).

SJR K Elections; initiative and referendum; filing petition; include a requirement for geographic distribution of signatures. Amends sec. 9, art. II of the state constitution.

SB 1086 Elections; initiative and referendum; initiative petition filing deadline; revise and expand petition circulation period to 210 days. Amends secs. 471 & 472a of 1954 PA 116 (MCL 168.471 & 168.472a).

SB 1087 Elections; initiative and referendum; eligibility for circulator of a petition proposing a constitutional amendment, initiative of legislation, or referendum of legislation; modify and provide other general amendments. Amends secs. 480 & 544c of 1954 PA 116 (MCL 168.480 & 168.544c) & repeals secs. 649 & 707 of 1954 PA 116 (MCL 168.649 & 168.707).

State News
Finance Reform Touted for Court Bids
(Detroit News, 2/15/08)

Links of Interest
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