Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
February 28–March 6, 2011
Volume 9 Issue 10

In the Capitol
Committee Meetings of Interest for the Week of 3/7
3/8 House Appropriations: Judiciary
Agenda: Presentation on Technology within the Judicial Branch by Marcus F. Drobek, Judicial Information Systems Director, State Court Administrative Office; Presentation on Alternative Courts by Richard E. Woods, Jr., Deputy Trial Courts Services Director, State Court Administrative Office.

3/8 Senate Judiciary
Agenda: SB 188 Provide for federal compliance with sex offenders registry; SB 189 Provide for federal compliance with sex offenders registry; SB 206 Revise sentencing guidelines for crime of failing to register as a sex offender; SB 152 Require electronic recording of certain custodial interrogation sessions, and revise procedures for determining admissibility as evidence; SB 191 Require attorney contingency fees to be based on a sliding scale; SB 192 Allow deduction of estate administration fee for amount of mortgage on real property; SB 201 Clarify liability for a defect in a sidewalk that inference regarding a defect of less than 2 inches applies to any sidewalk maintained by a municipal corporation; And any other business to come properly before the committee.
SBM Position on SB 152: Support
SBM Position on SB 191: Oppose

3/8 House Appropriations: Corrections, Joint Meeting with Senate Appropriations: Corrections
Agenda: Presentations on MPRI Programs by Michigan Department of Corrections and Michigan Works Association.

3/10 House Local, Intergovernmental, and Regional Affairs
Agenda: HB 4117 Provide for posting of legal notices as alternative to publishing; HB 4319 Provide for posting of legal notices as alternative to publishing.

3/10 House Judiciary
Agenda: HB 4013 Allow possession and operation of electrical devices designed to temporarily incapacitate persons for reserve peace officers, auxiliary officers, and reserve officers; HB 4349 Expand use of state forfeiture funds to include use for any law enforcement purpose.

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 3/1–3/3
Of Interest to the Legal Community
HB 4349 Criminal procedure; forfeiture; use of state forfeiture funds; expand to include use for any law enforcement purpose.

HB 4364 Land use; other; adverse possession; restrict.

HB 4374 Corrections; prisoners; commutation hearings and procedures; clarify provision regarding medical commutations.

HB 4375 Corrections; prisoners; commutation hearings and procedures; expedite for prisoners who are terminally ill.

HB 4381 Children; adoption; department designee to consent to adoption; allow.

HB 4382 Children; guardians; Michigan children's institute superintendent's consent authority; expand to include consent for guardianships.

HB 4383 Children; guardians; Michigan children's institute superintendent's designee to consent to guardianship; allow.

SB 0218 Children; adoption; department designee to consent to adoption; allow.

SB 0219 Children; guardians; Michigan children's institute superintendent's consent authority; expand to include consent for guardianships.

SB 0220 Children; guardians; Michigan children's institute superintendent's designee to consent to guardianship; allow.

Of General Interest
HJR N State agencies (existing); civil service; civil service commission; abolish.

In the Hall of Justice
Summer Law Programs for Junior High, High School Students to be Offered by Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center

At the Bar
Judicial Vacancy—Court of Appeals, 1st District
Hon. Brian Zahra vacated his seat on the Court of Appeals, 1st District. State Bar members interested in applying for the judgeship should submit an application by March 18, 2011.
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Judicial Vacancy—Court of Appeals, 3rd District
Hon. Richard Bandstra vacated his seat on the Court of Appeals, 3rd District. State Bar members interested in applying for the judgeship should submit an application by March 18, 2011.
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"Lawyer Trust Accounts: Management Principles and Recordkeeping Resources" Set for Tuesday, March 29 in Lansing

SBM Real Property Law Section to Host Spring Roundtable Discussions and Summer Conference

Federal News
High Court Rules for Inmate Who Wants DNA Testing
(Washington Times, 3/7/11)

State News
Snyder Defends Pension Tax Plan
(Lansing State Journal, 3/4/11)

Michigan Will Try Again for Early Primary
(Detroit News, 3/4/11)

Michigan Gov. Snyder: Rifts Won't Stall My Budget
(Lansing State Journal, 3/3/11)

Links of Interest
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