Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
February 13 –19, 2012
Volume 10 Issue 7

FOCUS: Governor Snyder Creates Michigan Committee on Juvenile Justice
On February 16, Governor Rick Snyder issued Executive Order 2012-1, creating the Michigan Committee on Juvenile Justice. The new commission merges the existing Michigan Commission on Juvenile Justice and the Juvenile Accountability Block Grant Advisory. Membership includes judges, law enforcement, and active community members.
Executive Order 2012-1
Governor Press Release

In the Capitol
Committee Meetings of Interest for the Week of 2/21
2/21 House Appropriations: Judiciary
Agenda: HFA Overview of the FY 2012-13 and FY 2013-14 Executive Budget Recommendation.

2/21 Senate Judiciary
Agenda: SB 890 Remove certain exceptions sex offender registration placement on the public registry; SB 934 Prohibit sexual penetration or contact of a foster child regardless of age by certain care providers during residency; SB 783 Modify protection from liability to nonclients for certified public accountants; And any other business properly before the committee.

2/21 House Appropriations: Corrections, Joint Meeting with Senate Appropriations: Corrections
Agenda: Department of Corrections presentation on the Executive Budget Recommendation for FY 2012-13.

2/23 House Judiciary
Agenda: Presentation on the findings and recommendations by the House Judiciary Work Group on Medical Marihuana
Representative Ken Horn and Representative Phil Cavanaugh; An Update on Michigan's Medical Marihuana Act: Mr. Kenneth Stecker, Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan; The following bills may be referred to during the presentations and amendments may be considered: HB 4834 Require photograph on medical marihuana card; HB 4851 Clarify definition of "bona fide physician-patient relationship"; HB 4853 Implement sentencing guidelines for crime of selling or providing medical marihuana to unprescribed user; HB 4856 Allow transporting medical marihuana in motor vehicle under certain circumstances; Public testimony will begin at the next regularly scheduled meeting on March 1, 2012.

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 2/14–2/16
View all bills introduced 2/14–2/16
Of Interest to the Legal Community
HB 5399 Civil procedure; statute of limitations; civil action for damages resulting from criminal sexual conduct against a minor; extend tolling of statute of limitations. Amends secs. 5838a & 5851 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.5838a & 600.5851).

HB 5406 Courts; district court; eighteenth and twenty-ninth district courts; combine. Amends sec. 8121 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.8121).

HB 5413 Criminal procedure; evidence; certain requirements for retention of evidence; establish. Amends 1927 PA 175 (MCL 760.1777.69) by adding sec. 23 to ch. XVI.

SB 0951 Appropriations; zero budget; department of corrections; provide for fiscal year 2012-2013. Creates appropriation act.

SB 0956 Appropriations; zero budget; department of human services; provide for fiscal year 2012-2013. Creates appropriation act.

SB 0957 Appropriations; zero budget; judiciary; provide for fiscal year 2012-2013. Creates appropriation act.

SB 0964 Appropriations; zero budget; omnibudget appropriations bill; provide for. Creates appropriation act.

In the Hall of Justice
Judicial Right-Sizing Bills Pass House, Head to Governor for Signing; Chief Justice Robert P. Young, Jr. Praises Legislators for 'Doing the Right Thing for the Courts and for the Taxpayers'

At the Bar
State Bar Vacancies on the ABA House of Delegates

Legal Services Corporation Announces Availability of Grant Funds for 2013

Federal News
Court: Rights Don't Have to be Read to Prisoners
(Detroit News, 2/21/12)

Justice Says Supreme Court Should Revisit Campaign Finance
(Washington Times, 2/17/12)

State News
Moody's Calls Snyder Budget Proposal, Law Changes 'Key Turning Point' for Michigan
(Detroit Free Press, 2/17/12)

Old Rape Kits from Detroit Crime Lab Could be Tested
(Detroit Free Press, 2/16/12)

Gov. Snyder Signs Bills Keeping Protests Far From Funerals
(Mlive.com, 2/15/12)

Michigan Senate Passes Bills to Strengthen Voter ID Laws
(Detroit News, 2/15/12)

House OK's Plan to Erase 36 Judgeships in Michigan, Including 9 in Metro Detroit
(Detroit News, 2/15/12)
See also:
Number of District Judges in Flint Will Drop if Governor Signs Bills
(Mlive.com, 2/14/12)

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