Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
February 11-17, 2013
Volume 11 Issue 7

FOCUS: U.S. Senate Passes the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act
On Tuesday, February 12, the United States Senate passed Senate Bill 47, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill, sponsored by Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, enhances "judicial and law enforcement tools to combat violence against women." The bill now moves onto the House of Representatives for their consideration.

In the Capitol
Committee Meetings of Interest for the Week of 2/18
2/19 Senate Judiciary
Agenda: SB 162 Expand jurisdiction for prosecution of felony offenses to include county where consequence intended to have effect; And any other business properly before the committee.

2/19 House Appropriations: Corrections, Joint Meeting with Senate Appropriations: Corrections
Agenda: Population Projections—Presentation by the Department of Corrections; Overview of FY 2013-14 Executive Budget Recommendation for Department of Corrections—Presentation by House and Senate Fiscal Agencies.

2/20 House Criminal Justice
Agenda: HB 4093 Maintain alcohol content for individuals operating a vehicle under the influence of alcoholic liquor at 0.08 without reversion to 0.10;
HB 4131 Maintain alcohol content for individuals operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcoholic liquor in the code of criminal procedure at 0.08 without reversion to 0.10;
HB 4127 Allow GPS bail monitoring of certain offenders.

2/20 House Appropriations: Judiciary
Agenda: Organizational Meeting; Overview of Judiciary Budget—Presentation by HFA.

2/21 House Judiciary
Agenda: HB 4054 Modify definition of eligible domestic relations order;
HB 4123 Provide protection from liability in personal injury or property damage caused by propane gas equipment or appliances;
HB 4064 Allow digital court records and electronically filing court papers;
SB 43 Increase certain district court judgeships, and reduce number of circuit court judgeships;
HB 4189 Revise procedures for objection by judge of parole for prisoner.

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 2/12–2/14
View all bills introduced 2/12-2/14
Of Interest to the Legal Community
HB 4215 Appropriations; zero budget; department of corrections; provide for fiscal year 2013-2014. Creates appropriation act.

HB 4222 Appropriations; zero budget; judiciary; provide for fiscal year 2013-2014. Creates appropriation act.

HB 4238 Criminal procedure; other; mental health diversion from jail for certain individuals under certain circumstances; allow. Amends 1927 PA 175 (MCL 760.1777.69) by adding sec. 85, ch. VII.

HB 4239 Courts; other; priority for providing mental health services to individuals diverted from criminal prosecution; require under certain circumstances. Amends sec. 208 of 1974 PA 258 (MCL 330.1208).

SB 0176 Mental health; guardians; guardianship petitions for developmentally disabled individual; allow the court to schedule a hearing before the individual turns 18 years of age. Amends secs. 609, 614 & 618 of 1974 PA 258 (MCL 330.1609 et seq.).

SB 0177 Probate; guardians and conservators; guardianship petitions; allow probate judges to schedule certain hearings prior to minor turning 18 years of age. Amends secs. 5303 & 5306 of 1998 PA 386 (MCL 700.5303 & 700.5306).

SB 0191 Appropriations; zero budget; judicary; provide for fiscal year 2013-2014. Creates appropriation act.

SB 0197 Appropriations; zero budget; department of corrections; provide for fiscal year 2013-2014. Creates appropriation act.

Links of Interest
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