Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
February 18-24, 2008
Volume 6 Issue 8

In the Capitol
Committee meetings of interest for the week of 2/24
2/26 House Judiciary
Agenda: Testimony from the Michigan Department of Corrections: Progress with the Interagency Mental Health Work Group and the MPRI Mental Health Distribution Project, Presented by MDOC Deputy Director Dennis Schrantz; Testimony from Michigan Partners in Crisis: Problems of Mental Illness in Adult & Juvenile Justice Systems, Presented by 37th District Court Judge Dawnn Gruenburg and Mark Reinstein, President and CEO of the Mental Health Association in Michigan

2/27 House Judiciary
Agenda: HB 5160 Allow use of certain out-of-state violations to enhance drunk driving penalties; HB 5560 Prohibit assault or battery of certain vehicle operators and passengers under certain circumstances and provide for penalties; HB 5561 Enact sentencing guidelines for crime of assaulting or battering public transit employee or passenger on public transit vehicle; HB 5562 Prohibit assault or battery of certain vehicle operators and passengers under certain circumstances and provide for penalties.

2/27 House Appropriations: Judiciary
Agenda: Overview of FY 2008-09 Judiciary Budget Request by Chief Justice Clifford W. Taylor, Michigan Supreme Court and Overview of the FY 2008-09 Court of Appeals Budget Request by Chief Judge Pro Tem Christopher M. Murray.

2/27 Senate Appropriations: Judiciary & Corrections
Agenda: Michigan Department of Corrections FY 2008-09 Budget.  Testimony From: Michigan Association of Drug Court Professionals, United Auto Workers, Michigan Prosecuting Attorneys Coordinating Council, Michigan Association of Counties, and Michigan Department of Corrections 

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 2/19 – 2/21
Of Interest to the Legal Community

HB 5760 Courts; reorganization; Detroit recorder's court; reestablish. Amends sec. 504 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.504) & adds ch. 10B.

Of Interest General Interest
HJR QQ Legislature; other; shared power organizational agreement in the house of representatives; create. Amends the state constitution by adding sec. 55 to art. IV.

SB 1134 Vehicles; equipment; high blood alcohol content drunk driving convictions; create as separate crime and provide for certain license sanctions and ignition interlock device requirements. Amends secs. 319, 322, 625 & 625b of 1949 PA 300 (MCL 257.319 et seq.) & adds sec. 20b.

At The Bar
Newly Redesigned SBM e-Journal Allows Readers to Directly Access Practice Area Summaries

State News
Winning Friends Gets Costlier
(Free Press, 2/21/08)

Public Could Fund High Court Candidates
(Free Press, 2/20/08)

High Court the Target of Effort
(Traverse City Record-Eagle, 2/19/08)

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