Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
March 15-21, 2010
Volume 8 Issue 12

Please Attend! Panel Discussion on Michigan Prisoner Re-Entry Initiative
The Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan will host a panel on the Michigan Prisoner Re-Entry Initiative on Monday, March 29, 2010, 4:00–5:30 p.m. The event is being held in the Annenberg Auditorium located at 1120 Joan and Sanford Weill Hall, 735 South State Street, Ann Arbor. Panelists include: Patricia L. Caruso, director of the Michigan Department of Corrections; Peter Luke, Lansing correspondent for Booth Newspapers; John Proos, State representative (R-St. Joseph), minority vice-chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Corrections; and Alma Wheeler Smith, State representative (D-Salem Township), chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Corrections. The panel will be moderated by Jeffrey D. Padden, president of Public Policy Associates, Inc. For more information call (734) 647-4091.

In the Capitol
Committee Meetings of Interest for the Week of 3/22
3/23 House Judiciary: Corrections Reform
Agenda: Presentation by MetaOps regarding the parole board process and pharmaceutical distribution within the Michigan Department of Corrections.

3/23 House Appropriations
Agenda Item of Interest: HB 5883 Judiciary Budget for fiscal year 2010-2011.

3/23 House Government Operations
Agenda: HB 4988 Provide for review of existing and new rules on a periodic basis; SB 132 Provides for changes to the Judges' Retirement System.

3/23 Senate Judiciary
Agenda: HB 5575 Prohibit human trafficking by force, fraud, or coercion, and provide penalties; HB 5576 Enact sentencing guidelines for crime of human trafficking; HB 5577 Establish human trafficking as a predicate offense for racketeering violation; HB 5578 Allow forfeiture of property involved in human trafficking; HB 5579 Provide for additional restitution for victims of human trafficking.

3/24 House Judiciary
Agenda: HB 5744 Establish openness and obviousness of condition as issue of comparative fault only; HB 5893 Provide for option of paying filing fee in lieu of signatures for judicial candidates to district court and circuit court; For Referral to the Committee on Tourism, Outdoor Recreations and Natural Resources: HB 4982 Provide for exemption for certain prosecuting attorneys and assistant prosecuting attorneys from concealed weapons no-carry zones; and any business properly before this committee.

3/24 House Agriculture
Agenda Item of Interest: For referral to another committee:
HB 5762 Prohibit ownership or possession of nonhuman primates as pets under certain circumstances and provide penalty.
Animal Law Position: Support

3/24 House Senior Health, Security, and Retirement
Agenda Item of Interest: HB 4619 Require court to consider if person under a guardianship has liquid assets of more than a certain limit when appointing a conservator.

3/25 House Appropriations: Corrections
Agenda: Public testimony from prisoner family members regarding health care concerns; Presentation by Legislative Corrections Ombudsman regarding health care cases; Discussion with MDOC officials and Corrections Ombudsman on health care issues.

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

In the Hall of Justice
Rule Amendments
2009-04—Amendment of Rule 2.003 of the Michigan Court Rules
The amendment of MCR 2.003(D) establishes time requirements for filing motions for disqualification in the trial courts, Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court.
Issued: March 16, 2010
Effective: March 16, 2010

Administrative Orders
Administrative Order No. 2010-3—File No. 2002-37
Adoption of Administrative Order to Expand the Scope of the e-Filing Pilot Project in Oakland Circuit Court, Family Division
Issued: March 16, 2010
Effective: March 16, 2010

Administrative Order No. 2010-2—File No. 2004-04
Adoption of Concurrent Jurisdiction Plan for the 12th Circuit Court and the Baraga County Probate Court
Issued: March 16, 2010
Effective: June 14, 2010
Amendment to Order Dated March 19, 2010

Proposed Amendments
2008-38—Proposed Amendment of Rule 6.201 of the Michigan Court Rules
The proposed amendment would require prosecutors to provide to defendants any electronic recording made by governmental agencies pertaining to the case known to the prosecutor.

Other Actions
2010-01—Appointment of Chief Judge Mecosta/Osceola Probate District Court
The Honorable Marco S. Menezes, is appointed chief judge of the Mecosta/Osceola Probate District Court for a term ending December 31, 2011.
Issued: March 16, 2010

At the Bar
The State Bar of Michigan's Public Policy, Image, and Identity Committee and the Board of Commissioners will meet on March 26, 2010. For more information, please contact pcunningham@mail.michbar.org.

Real Property Law Section to Host 2010 Summer Conference on Dealing with "Today's Realities"

SBM Young Lawyers to Host Leadership Summit April 17 to Inspire Detroit-Area Students

Federal News
Key New York Suit Calls Public Defender Programs Inadequate
(New York Times, 3/15/10)

State News
State's Indigent Defense Underfunded
(Lansing State Journal, 3/22/10)
See also:
Michigan Pays Big for Underfunded Indigent Defense
(Mlive.com, 3/20/10)

Senate Budget Bills are Stark Contrast to Governor's Plan
(Detroit News, 3/18/10)
See related:
Michigan Senate Fails Again to Rescind Pay Raise for Workers
(Detroit News, 3/17/10)
Granholm Urges Speed on Plan to Spur Public Employee Retirements
(Detroit News, 3/16/10)

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