Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
January 4-10, 2010
Volume 8 Issue 2

FOCUS: Revenue Estimating Conference
On January 11, a Revenue Estimating Conference was held to determine projections for the current budget and for the next fiscal year. The projected budget deficit for fiscal year 2011 is approximately $1.725 billion.
See also:
Department of Treasury (See Revenue Reports)
House Fiscal Agency
Senate Fiscal Agency
See related:
State Treasury Finds Silver Lining in Economic Outlook
(Detroit News, 1/11/10)
House Predicts State Revenue to Stabilize in 2010
(Detroit News, 1/7/10)

In the Capitol
The House and Senate will convene on Wednesday, January 13, 2010, at 12:00 p.m.
House Session Schedule
Senate Session Schedule

Committee Meetings of Interest for the Week of 1/11
1/14 House Appropriations: Human Services
Agenda: Review of U.S. Department of Justice special report on sexual victimization in juvenile facilities.

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

In the Hall of Justice
The Michigan Supreme Court will hold a public administrative hearing on Wednesday, January 27, 2010, in the Supreme Court courtroom located on the sixth floor of the Michigan Hall of Justice, 925 W. Ottawa St., Lansing, MI 48915. The hearing will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. and adjourn no later than 11:30 a.m. 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, MI 48909, or by e-mail at, no later than Monday, January 25, 2010.

At the Bar
The State Bar of Michigan's Public Policy, Image, and Identity Committee and the Board of Commissioners will meet on January 22, 2010. For more information, please contact

The January 2010 issue of the Michigan Bar Journal is now available online at This month's issue is devoted to the theme of Cultural Awareness and also kicks off the State Bar's 75th anniversary celebration.

Federal News
Law School Admissions Lag Among Minorities
(New York Times, 1/6/10)

State News
Justice Delayed Blamed on Budget Cuts
(Macomb Daily, 1/11/10)

Price Tag for State Mandates: $2.2B
(Detroit Free Press, 1/11/10)

Michigan Faces Funding Hurdle
(Detroit News, 1/8/10)

Region's Lawmakers Want to Open Budget Talks to Public
(Lansing State Journal, 1/6/10)

State Budget Hurdles Still Ahead
(Lansing State Journal, 1/5/10)

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