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Legislation Eligible to be Considered

House Bills | Senate Bills
Other Resolutions
| Section and Committee Participation

The following bills, introduced in the Michigan Legislature during the 2015-2016 Legislative Session, may be considered by the Board of Commissioners. Their listing here does not necessarily mean that a position will be taken, nor that the subject matter has been determined to be within the scope of permissible State Bar advocacy. If a position for or against is adopted by the required two-thirds vote, that action will be reported under the State Bar position on bills. You may obtain copies of the bills from the Michigan Legislature.

Meeting Dates for the Board of Commissioners

A special electronic vote of the Board of Commissioners will be held the week of April 6, 2015. Members with comments on the following two matters may respond with an electronic response, or by contacting Peter Cunningham by telephone at (517) 346-6325 or in writing at 306 Townsend St., Lansing MI 48933-2012.

Legal Services Corporation Funding

The reintroduction of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Reauthorization Act of 2014

Date Posted: 03/23/15

Comments concerning these bills may be made:

  • In writing to Janet Welch, Executive Director, State Bar of Michigan, Michael Franck Building, 306 Townsend Street, Lansing, MI 48933-2012.
  • By telephonic communications to Janet Welch at the State Bar of Michigan to (517) 346-6375.
  • By electronic response or view electronic comments submitted by other members.

Appearances before the Board to comment can also be arranged. Please contact Janet Welch at the State Bar of Michigan for further information at (517) 346-6375.

House Bills

    HB 4035 Property; commercial leases; provision in lease to waive right to a jury trial; allow. Amends sec. 3 of 1978 PA 454 (MCL 554.633).
    Date Posted: 1/26/2015

    HB 4038 Housing; landlord and tenants; notification of evictions; allow by electronic mail. Amends sec. 5718 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.5718).
    Date Posted: 1/26/2015

    HB 4045 Criminal procedure; warrants; defraying of costs incurred by local unit of government in executing bench warrants; allow. Amends sec. 1f, ch. IX of 1927 PA 175 (MCL 769.1f).
    Date Posted: 1/26/2015

    HB 4071 Family law; child custody; requirement to file motion for change of custody or parenting time order when parent is called to active military duty; modify. Amends secs. 7 & 7a of 1970 PA 91 (MCL 722.27 & 722.27a).
    Date Posted: 2/4/15

    HB 4072 Probate; other; uniform fiduciary access to digital assets act; enact. Amends secs. 1103, 1104, 1106, 1107, 3709, 3715, 5407, 5415, 5501 & 7817 of 1998 PA 386 (MCL 700.1103 et seq.) & adds secs. 3715a, 3723, 5423a, 5501a & 7912a.
    Date Posted: 2/4/15

    HB 4132 Family law; parenting time; right to first refusal of child care for children during other parent's normal parenting time; provide for. Amends 1970 PA 91 (MCL 722.21 - 722.31) by adding sec. 7c.
    Date Posted: 2/9/15

    HB 4137 Criminal procedure; probation; fixing period and conditions of probation; modify. Amends secs. 2, 4 & 14, ch. XI & secs. 2, 3 & 5, ch. XIA of 1927 PA 175 (MCL 771.2 et seq.).

    HB 4138 Corrections; parole; criteria for placement on parole; modify. Amends secs. 11a, 20g, 33, 33e, 35, 39a & 40a of 1953 PA 232 (MCL 791.211a et seq.).

    HB 4139 Human services; children's services; interstate compact for the placement of children; revise. Creates new act & repeals 1984 PA 114 (MCL 3.711 - 3.717).

    HB 4141 Family law; child custody; joint custody in every custody dispute between parents; mandate except in certain circumstances. Amends secs. 5 & 6a of 1970 PA 91 (MCL 722.25 & 722.26a).

    HB 4176 Criminal procedure; expunction; expunction of all information in arrest record when individual is wrongly accused under certain circumstances; require. Amends 1927 PA 175 (MCL 760.1 - 777.69) by adding sec. 26a to ch. IV.
    Date Posted: 2/23/15

    HB 4177 Law enforcement; law enforcement information network (LEIN); promulgation of rules to effectuate expunction and destruction of all arrest record information from LEIN and other databases by C.J.I.S. under certain circumstances; require. Amends sec. 4 of 1974 PA 163 (MCL 28.214).
    Date Posted: 2/23/15

    HB 4178 Criminal procedure; pretrial procedure; expunction and destruction of biometric data; eliminate certain exceptions. Amends sec. 3 of 1925 PA 289 (MCL 28.243).
    Date Posted: 2/23/15

    HB 4183 Local government; other; publication of legal notices; revise, and create the local government public notice act. Creates new act.
    Date Posted: 2/23/15

    HB 4243 State; symbol; English; establish as official state language. Creates new act.
    Date posted: 3/3/15

    HB 4321 Criminal procedure; search and seizure; warrant requirement to search a premises; provide for resident consent exception. Amends 1927 PA 175 (MCL 760.1 - 777.69) by adding sec. 25c to ch. IV.
    Date Posted: 03/16/15

Senate Bills

    SB 0009 Family law; child custody; requirement to file motion for change of custody or parenting time order when parent is called to active military duty; modify. Amends secs. 7 & 7a of 1970 PA 91 (MCL 722.27 & 722.27a).
    Date Posted: 1/26/2015

    SB 0056 Courts; judges; salary formula for judges; modify. Amends secs. 304, 555, 821 & 8202 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.304 et seq.).
    Date Posted: 2/4/15

    SB 0092 Law enforcement; other; Michigan commission on law enforcement standards (MCOLES); create, and provide for powers and duties of that commission. Amends secs. 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 9a, 9b, 9c, 10, 11, 12, 13 & 14 of 1965 PA 203 (MCL 28.601 et seq.) & repeals secs. 4, 9d & 16 of 1965 PA 203 (MCL 28.604 et seq.).
    Date Posted: 2/23/15

    SB 0094 Law enforcement; other; certain records of probation to be provided to the Michigan commission on law enforcement standards; require. Amends sec. 7411 of 1978 PA 368 (MCL 333.7411).
    Date Posted: 2/23/15

    SB 0100 Taxation; administration; prepayment of tax, penalty, and interest requirement as a prerequisite to filing a case regarding the assessment of tax in the Michigan court of claims; eliminate. Amends sec. 22 of 1941 PA 122 (MCL 205.22).
    Date Posted: 2/23/15

    SB 0119 Appropriations; zero budget; department of corrections; provide for fiscal year 2015-2016. Creates appropriation act.
    Date Posted: 02/23/15

    SB 0126 Appropriations; zero budget; judiciary; provide for fiscal year 2015-2016. Creates appropriation act.
    Date Posted: 02/23/15

    SB 0138 Crime victims; rights; distribution of crime victim's rights funds; modify. Amends sec. 4 of 1989 PA 196 (MCL 780.904).
    Date Posted: 02/23/15

    SB 0149 Torts; nonmedical malpractice; affidavit of merit; require for malpractice action against architect or professional engineer. Amends 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.1 - 600.9947) by adding sec. 2912i.
    Date Posted: 02/23/15

    SB 0151 Criminal procedure; DNA; filing deadline for petition seeking review of DNA evidence; remove sunset. Amends sec. 16, ch. X of 1927 PA 175 (MCL 770.16).
    Date Posted: 02/23/15

    SB 0189 Civil procedure; costs and fees; recovery of costs and fees in an action involving this state; remove certain restrictions. Amends secs. 2421b, 2421c, 2421d & 2421e of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.2421b et seq.).
    Date Posted: 03/16/15

    SB 0190 Administrative procedure; contested cases; award of costs and fees to prevailing party in a case involving this state; remove certain restrictions. Amends sec. 123 of 1969 PA 306 (MCL 24.323).
    Date Posted: 03/16/15

    SB 0219 Crimes; animals; ownership of animals by a person convicted by certain crimes against animals; require court to prohibit for a period of at least 5 years. Amends secs. 49, 50, 50b & 158 of 1931 PA 328 (MCL 750.49 et seq.).
    Date Posted: 03/20/15



Section and Committee Participation

    The State Bar refers bills of interest to sections and committees whose jurisdiction is within the subject matter of the bill. Responses submitted are used by the Public Policy, Image, and Identity Committee of the State Bar, as well as the Board of Commissioners and Representative Assembly to determine what position, if any, the State Bar should take on a particular bill or issue.



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