Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
March 3-9, 2008
Volume 6 Issue 10

In the Capitol
Committee meetings of interest for the week of March 10
3/11 Senate Judiciary
Agenda: SB 0158 Include committing act likely to cause physical harm to a child in definition of child abuse: SB 0760 Revise sentencing guidelines for child abuse in the third degree to reflect citation change; SB 0945 Prohibit obtaining personal information by false pretenses; SB 1191 Modify sentencing guidelines for crime of obtaining personal information by false pretenses. 

3/12 House Judiciary
Agenda: SB 0357 Enact sentencing guidelines for crimes of using or tampering with public safety device causing serious impairment or death; SB 0358 Clarify definition of, and provide penalties for tampering with safety device; HB 5335 Prohibit, and provide penalties for larceny or resale of copper wire; HB 5336 Enact sentencing guidelines for theft or resale of copper wiring; HB 5361 Increase penalties for tampering with, defacing, or stealing utility equipment; HB 5362 Enact sentencing guidelines for increased penalties of tampering, defacing, or stealing utility equipment or utility infrastructure component; HB 5626 Prohibit unfair trade practices in certain advertising of numismatic coins and medallions; HB 5757 Revise liability for false or fraudulent claims to the medicaid program.

3/12 Senate Appropriations: Judiciary & Corrections
Agenda: Michigan Department of Corrections FY 2008-09 Budget.

3/13 House Appropriations: Human Services
Agenda: DHS Program Update: Department of Corrections Intergovernmental Agreement for Juvenile Prisoners; Public Testimony.

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 3/4 - 3/6
Of Interest to the Legal Community

HJR RR Courts; judges; supreme court justices; clarify circumstances requiring disqualification. Amends the state constitution by adding sec. 31 to art. VI.

SB 1185 Insurance; no-fault; mini-tort recovery; increase. Amends sec. 3135 of 1956 PA 218 (MCL 500.3135).

Of Interest General Interest
HB 5857 Civil procedure; foreclosure; 1-year moratorium on residential mortgage and land contract foreclosures; provide for. Amends secs. 3101, 3115, 3201 & 3236 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.3101 et seq.) & adds secs. 3116 & 3237.

In the Hall of Justice
FOCUS: FY 2009 Judiciary Budget Proposal Information
FY 2009 Budget Request to the House
Chief Justice Taylor’s Remarks to House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Judiciary

Rule Amendments
2008-05 - Rescission of Rules 2.119, 2.501, 6.000, and 6.001 of the Local Court Rules of the 9th Judicial Circuit
On order of the Court, Rules 2.119, 2.501, 6.000, and 6.001 of the Local Court Rules of the 9th Judicial Circuit Court are rescinded, effective immediately. 
Issued:March 7, 2008
Effective:March 7, 2008

At The Bar
Veterans Disability Law Pro Bono Basic Training Attracts More Than 50 Attorneys to SBM Headquarters

Sections and Committees
The Administrative Law Section submitted an Amicus Brief on SBC Michigan v. Michigan Public Service Commission. 

The Elder Law & Disability Rights Section submitted a public policy report on HB 5453 Insurance; no-fault; coverage for personal protection insurance (PIP); allow certain individuals to waive. Amends secs. 3104 & 3107 of 1956 PA 218 (MCL 500.3104 & 500.3107).

State News
Bill Lets Drivers Avoid Penalty Points With Defensive Driver Course
(The Detroit News, 3/7/08)

Senate Panel Votes to Change Parental Consent for Abortions
(, 3/4/08)

State Warily Awaits Feb. Revenue Report
(Lansing State Journal, 3/3/08)

Bill Seeks Tougher Penalties for Gang Members
(Lansing State Journal, 3/3/08)

Links of Interest
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