Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
February 9–16, 2009
Volume 7 Issue 7

FOCUS: FY 10 Budget Recommendations
On February 12, Governor Granholm announced her budget recommendations for FY2010.
Fiscal Year 2010 Executive Budget Bills
Executive Budget

See related:
Governor Slashes Budget by $670M
(Detroit News, 2/13/09)
Granholm Calls for Spending Cuts, 1,500 State Layoffs
(Detroit News, 2/12/09)
Ax Falls on Schools, Prisons in Proposal
(Detroit Free Press, 2/12/09)
Granholm Proposes Broad Cuts in Services
(Lansing State Journal, 2/12/09)

In the Capitol
Committee Meetings of Interest for the Week of 2/17
2/17 House Appropriations: Corrections
Agenda: MDOC Budget Presentation; MDOC Department Overview.

2/17 Senate Judiciary
Agenda: Presentation by the Michigan Department of Corrections; SB 21 Provide equitable relief under certain circumstances for incorrect nominating petition signature information provided to a candidate for the office of judge of the circuit court; SB 22 Provide equitable relief under certain circumstances for incorrect nominating petition signature information provided to a candidate for the office of judge of the district court; SB 23 Provide equitable relief under certain circumstances for incorrect nominating petition signature information provided to a candidate for the office of judge of probate; SB 24 Provide equitable relief for incorrect nominating petition signature information provided to a candidate for the office of judge of the municipal court of record.

2/18 House Appropriations: Community Health
Agenda: Department Presentation on FY 2009-10 Executive Budget Recommendation–Overview, Public Health, Health Policy, Regulation, and Professions, and Crime Victim Services.

2/18 House Judiciary
Agenda: HB 4071 Move administration of health care benefits to office of retirement; HB 4072 Provide for consolidation of employee retirement health care funds with employee health care funds; HB 4073 Provide for public employee retirement health care trust; HB 4074 Provide for bonding authority for prefunded retiree health care; HB 4075 Provide for bonding authority for prefunded retiree health care; HB 4076 Modify membership eligibility for retirement board; HB 4077 Provide for bonding authority for prefunded retiree health care; HB 4078 Provide for consolidation of employee retirement health care funds with employee health care funds; HB 4079 Provide for consolidation of employee retirement health care funds; HB 4096 Revise issuance of certain search warrants.

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 02/10–02/12
Of Interest to the Legal Community
HB 4221 Civil procedure; personal protection orders; reference to personal protection order section of the revised judicature act in the concealed weapons act; revise to reflect renumbering of subsections. Amends sec. 2 of 1927 PA 372 (MCL 28.422).

SB 0211 Criminal procedure; expunction; setting aside convictions for solicitation or conspiracy to commit criminal sexual conduct; prohibit. Amends sec. 1 of 1965 PA 213 (MCL 780.621).

At the Bar

The February 2009 Malpractice issue of the Michigan Bar Journal is now available online at www.michbar.org/journal.

Panel Discussions to Focus on Fostering Diversity in the Legal Profession

State News
Web site to Show State's Stimulus Payout
(Lansing State Journal, 2/17/09)

Some Extra Millions Could Complicate Michigan Budget Debate
(Detroit Free Press, 2/14/09)

$7B for Michigan in U.S. Deal
(Detroit Free Press, 2/13/09)

State Panel Adjourns Without Decision on Pay Cut for Governor, Other Top Officials
(Detroit News, 2/12/09)

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