Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
February 18-24, 2013
Volume 11 Issue 8

Focus: Mental Health Diversion Council
Last week Governor Snyder signed Executive Order 2013-7 which creates a 14-member Mental Health Diversion Council charged with developing ways to divert people with mental illnesses or substance abuse problems away from the criminal justice system. You can read the executive order here: E.O. 2013-7. For a list of the Governor's appointments to the Mental Health Diversion Council click here: press release.

In the Capitol
Committee Meetings of Interest for the Week of 2/25
2/26 Senate Judiciary
Agenda: SB 131 Prohibit granting of custody or parenting time for parent convicted of certain sexual offenses;
SB 153 Allow employee designated by county clerk to solemnize marriage in a county having more than 1,500,000 inhabitants;
And any other business properly before the committee.

2/26 House Appropriations: Corrections, Joint Meeting with Senate Appropriations: Corrections Department
Agenda: Presentation by John E. Nixon, State Budget Director, on Other Post-Employment Benefits.

2/27 Senate Appropriations: Judiciary
Agenda: Chief Justice Robert P. Young, Jr., Michigan Supreme Court, to present the FY 2013-14 Judiciary Budget Proposal; State Court Administrative Office to respond to additional Judiciary Budget questions.

2/27 House Criminal Justice
Agenda: HB 4163 Establish penalties for failure to report a missing child or death of a child to law enforcement agencies in a timely manner;
HB 4164 Enact sentencing guidelines for crime of failing to report death of minor or to report child as missing;
HB 4177 Revise reference to vulnerable adult abuse in first degree murder statute.

2/27 House Appropriations: Judiciary
Agenda: Overview of the FY 2013-14 Judiciary Budget Request, Chief Justice Robert P. Young, Jr., Michigan Supreme Court; Overview of the FY 2013-14 Court of Appeals Budget Request, Chief Judge William B. Murphy, Michigan Court of Appeals.

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 2/19–2/21
View all bills introduced 2/19-2/21
Of Interest to the Legal Community
HB 4294 Criminal procedure; youthful trainees; assigning youthful trainee status; allow multiple times. Amends sec. 11, ch. II of 1927 PA 175 (MCL 762.11).

Of General Interest
HB 4271 Controlled substances; marihuana; state and local regulation of marihuana provisioning centers; provide for. Creates new act.

HB 4302 Civil rights; public records; legislative branch; include in freedom of information act. Amends sec. 2 of 1976 PA 442 (MCL 15.232).

At the Bar
Sections and Committees
The Animal Law Section submitted a Public Policy position on the following item:
Oppose: SB 0048 (Casperson) Animals; other; exemption from large carnivore act for certain businesses; expand to exempt businesses that allow patrons to come into contact with bears less than 36 weeks of age or bears that weigh 90 pounds or less and make other general revisions. Amends secs. 2 & 22 of 2000 PA 274 (MCL 287.1102 & 287.1122).

Federal News
Md. DNA law at center of SCOTUS case aided 43 convictions; many possible even without new law
(Washington Post, 2/22/13)

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