Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
February 20–26, 2012
Volume 10 Issue 8

FOCUS: February 28 Primary Election
Michigan's 2012 Presidential Primary Election is tomorrow, February 28th.
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FOCUS: Governor Rick Snyder Signs Prisoner Re-Entry Bills
On February 23, Governor Snyder signed four bills into law that will assist released prisoners in obtaining identification documents. The Department of Corrections will now be required to provide released prisoners with a prisoner identification card, which will be accepted as identification necessary to obtain such documents as a driver's license or state ID. House Bills 4074, 4075, 4076, and 4077 are now Public Acts 24-27. SBM Position on HB 4074–HB 4077: Support

FOCUS: Governor Rick Snyder Signs Bills Reducing Judgeships
On February 22, Governor Snyder signed eight bills that will eliminate trial level judgeships. The State Court Administrative Office made the reduction recommendations in its August 2011 Judicial Resources Report.
Governor Press Release: Snyder Signs Bills to Streamline Judgeships
See related news:
Lansing Chief District Judge Concerned About Court Becoming 'Overloaded' After Judgeship Elimination
(Mlive.com, 2/22/12)
Flint District Court Will Lose Judge After Gov. Rick Snyder Signs Bills
(Mlive.com, 2/22/12)
Judgeships to be Eliminated in Newaygo, Oceana, Lake, Mason Counties
(Mlive.com, 2/22/12)

In the Capitol
Committee Meetings of Interest for the Week of 2/27
2/28 House Appropriations: General Government
Agenda: Presentations on FY 2013 Executive Budget: Department of Attorney General; PACC; Department of Technology, Management, and Budget; Department of Civil Rights.

2/28 House Appropriations: Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Agenda: Presentations by the directors of the Michigan Administrative Hearing System, the Tax Tribunal, and the Office of Regulatory Reinvention.

2/28 House Appropriations: Judiciary
Agenda: Presentation on Executive Recommendations for the Judiciary Budget by Jacques McNeely, Public Protection and Resources Office Director, Department of Technology, Management, and Budget.

2/28 Senate Judiciary
Agenda: SB 933 Exclude medical marihuana expenses incurred to treat work-related injury from reimbursement requirements; SB 974 Restrict authorization to medical marihuana in certain places; 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; And any other business properly before the committee.

2/28 House Appropriations: Corrections
Agenda: Public testimony on Executive budget recommendation for Corrections.

2/29 House Appropriations: Human Services
Agenda: Presentations on Juvenile Justice Services.

3/1 House Judiciary
Agenda: 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; Meeting will focus on testimony from medical marijuana associations and other organizations. Individual public testimony will begin at the next regularly scheduled meeting on March 8.

3/1 Senate Appropriations: Community Health Department
Agenda Item of Interest: Crime Victims Services Commission.

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 2/21–2/23
View all bills introduced 2/21–2/23
Of Interest to the Legal Community
HB 5427 Civil procedure; execution; property exempt from garnishment and execution; modify. Amends sec. 6023 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.6023) & repeals secs. 5451 & 6023a of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.5451 & 600.6023a).

SB 0980 Probate; trusts; powers of appointment; revise. Amends secs. 2, 5, 12, 14 & 20 of 1967 PA 224 (MCL 556.112 et seq.) & adds sec. 5a.

At the Bar
Sections and Committees
The Real Property Law Section submitted Public Policy positions on the following items:
Oppose: HB 5052 Civil procedure; evictions; persons entitled to appear in eviction proceedings; allow certain individuals to appear for landlord. Amends 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.101600.9947) by adding sec. 916a.

Oppose: HB 5197 Housing; condominium; auditing requirements; modify. Amends sec. 57 of 1978 PA 59 (MCL 559.157).

State News
Michigan House Votes to Trim Appeals Court Size
(Mlive.com, 2/21/12)

Editor's Note: On February 22, the Senate concurred with the House passed version of SB 0849 by a vote of 37 to 1. The bill was ordered enrolled and is now before the Governor for his consideration.

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