Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
March 17, 2014
Volume 12 Issue 11

In the Capitol
Committee meetings of interest for the week of 3/17
3/18 Senate Judiciary, 2:30 PM, Farnum Building Room 110
Agenda:
SR 123 A resolution to memorialize the Congress of the United States to make any murder of a police officer or corrections officer while in the line of duty a federal offense;
SB 714 Enact uniform collaborative law act;
HB 4486 Allow involuntary substance abuse assessment, stabilization, and treatment for adults;
And any other business properly before the committee.
Family Law Section position on SB 714: Support.

3/19 House Commerce, 10:30 AM, House Office Building Room 519
Agenda:
HB 5216 Allow issuance by department of corrections of certificate of employability to certain prisoners;
HB 5217 Provide for limited liability for employers that employ individuals issued a certificate of employability;
HB 5218 Eliminate prerequisite of good moral character eliminate for occupational licensing purposes;
SB 387 Expand worker's disability compensation act employee definition to include reserve and auxiliary officers;
Or any business properly before this committee.
Prisons & Corrections Section Position on HB 5216-HB 5218: Oppose.

3/19 House Criminal Justice, 10:30 AM, House Office Building Room 327
Agenda:
HB 5230 Allow abatement of nuisances for property used for human trafficking and make other general amendments;
HB 5233 Provide for forfeiture of property for certain human trafficking violations;
SB 582 Increase penalties for intentionally discharging a firearm from vehicle or at a dwelling or a potentially occupied structure under certain circumstances;
SB 583 Enact sentencing guidelines for increased penalties for crime of intentionally discharging a firearm from a motor vehicle or at a dwelling or potentially occupied structure;
Or any business properly before this committee.

3/20 Senate Appropriations: Corrections Department, 9:00 AM, Capitol Senate Appropriations Room

Complete Committee Meeting List

Legislative Action Last Week:
Summary of legislative action on all bills that the State Bar or sections of the State Bar have taken positions.
HB 4893 (Child Protection Law) was signed by the Governor on March 11.
Children’s Law Section Position: Support.

Legislation Introduced 3/11 – 3/13
View all bills introduced 3/11-3/13
Of Interest to the Legal Community
HB 5411 Children; protection; authorization from parent or guardian or court order to interview a child without a parent or guardian present during a child protective services investigation; require. Amends sec. 8c of 1975 PA 238 (MCL 722.628c).

SB 0863 Criminal procedure; evidence; expert witness testimony concerning chemical testing and custody of evidence by video communication; allow at preliminary examination and trial for certain prosecutions, and provide for release subject to conditions reasonably necessary for the protection of the public under certain circumstances. Amends sec. 1, ch. III, sec. 6b, ch. V, & sec. 22, ch. VIII of 1927 PA 175 (MCL 763.1 et seq.).

Of General Interest
HB 5399 Torts; liability; human trafficking; provide immunity to certain individuals who report. Amends 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.101 - 600.9947) by adding sec. 2978.

SB 0855 Torts; liability; human trafficking; provide immunity to certain individuals who report. Amends 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.101 - 600.9947) by adding sec. 2978.

SB 0857 Torts; liability; administration of a drug in response to a drug overdose; provide protection from civil liability. Amends 1963 PA 17 (MCL 691.1501 - 691.1507) by adding sec. 3.

SB 0866 Criminal procedure; sentencing; crimes against elder adults; increase penalties for certain crimes against a person over 65 years of age. Amends 1931 PA 328 (MCL 750.1 - 750.568) by amending the heading of ch. XXA & by adding sec. 145s.

SB 0867 Criminal procedure; sentencing guidelines; sentencing guidelines for elder adult abuse; provide for. Amends sec. 16g, ch. XVII of 1927 PA 175 (MCL 777.16g).

New Public Acts

In the Hall of Justice

Judicial Budget Targets Efficiency, Technology and Performance

High school students can experience ‘Moot Court’ through Supreme Court Learning Center summer program

At the Bar

Applications for State Bar Committee Service Due April 25

State Bar Seeks Law Firm Applications for New Pro Bono Circle of Excellence

Sections and Committees
The Probate & Estate Planning Section submitted a public policy position report on the following item:
Oppose: SB 0743 Occupations; attorneys; voluntary membership in state bar; establish. Amends sec. 901 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.901).

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