Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
January 23 –29, 2012
Volume 10 Issue 4

In the Capitol
Committee Meetings of Interest for the Week of 1/30
1/31 House Families, Children, and Seniors
Agenda Items of Interest: Refer to the committee on Judiciary: HB 4067 Allow paternity of a child born to a married woman to be established in a man other than the husband; HB 4068 Provide for expedited provision of copy of acknowledgment of parentage to attorney or court clerk; HB 4069 Revise provision of certain birth records by the state registrar.
Family Law Section Position on HB 4067: Support and Amend
Family Law Section Position on HB 4068: Oppose
Family Law Section Position on HB 4069: Oppose

1/31 Senate Judiciary
Agenda: HB 4589 Clarify liability for a defect in a sidewalk that inference regarding a defect of less than 2 inches applies to any sidewalk maintained by a municipal corporation; SB 901 Revise condominium act arbitration provisions to reflect adoption of uniform arbitration act; SB 902 Make arbitration provisions of the revised judicature act subject to uniform arbitration act; SB 903 Enact uniform arbitration act; For Testimony Only: SB 863 Expand waiver for certain individuals to carry weapon in weapon-free zones to include employees of licensed private investigators; And any other business properly before the committee.
Alternative Dispute Resolution Position on SB 0901–0903: Support

2/2 House Judiciary
Agenda: HB 5050 Prohibit providing false information to peace officer conducting criminal investigation, and provide penalties; HB 5051 Enact sentencing guidelines for crime of providing false information to a peace officer conducting a criminal investigation; HB 4859 Provide protection from liability the personal injury or property damage caused by propane gas equipment or appliances; SB 92 Require written acknowledgment of responsibilities by agent appointed under a power of attorney; HB 4435 Expand waiver for certain individuals to carry weapon in weapon-free zones to include certain retired corrections officers; SB 525 Modify licensing renewal procedure.
Probate & Estate Planning Section Position on SB 0092: Support Substitute of SB 0092

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 1/24–1/26
View all bills introduced 1/24-1/26
Of Interest to the Legal Community
SB 0902 Civil procedure; alternate dispute resolution; arbitration; make arbitration provisions of the revised judicature act subject to uniform arbitration act. Amends sec. 5070 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.5070); adds sec. 5037 to ch. 50 & repeals (See bill).

SB 0903 Civil procedure; alternate dispute resolution; uniform arbitration act; enact. Creates new act.

At the Bar
Membership Update Pertaining to Treasury Notice
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Sections and Committees
The Alternative Dispute Resolution Section submitted Public Policy positions on the following items:
Support: SB 0901 Civil procedure; alternate dispute resolution; condominium act; revise arbitration provisions to reflect adoption of uniform arbitration act. Amends sec. 144 of 1978 PA 59 (MCL 559.244).

Support: SB 0902 Civil procedure; alternate dispute resolution; arbitration; make arbitration provisions of the revised judicature act subject to uniform arbitration act. Amends sec. 5070 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.5070); adds sec. 5037 to ch. 50 & repeals (See bill).

Support: SB 0903 Civil procedure; alternate dispute resolution; uniform arbitration act; enact. Creates new act.

State News
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Links of Interest
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