Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
March 19–25, 2012
Volume 10 Issue 12

FOCUS: Effective Assistance of Counsel
On March 21, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that effective assistance of counsel applies "to all 'critical' stages of the criminal proceedings," including plea bargaining. Cases Lafler v. Cooper and Missouri v. Frye were argued before the Court in October 2011.
Opinion: Lafler v. Cooper
Opinion: Missouri v. Frye
SADO Wins United States Supreme Court Case
(, 3/21/12)
Also see:
Supreme Court Expands Defendant's Rights in Plea Deals
(Los Angeles Times, 3/22/12)
Supreme Court Says Lawyer Should Have Told Man About Plea Bargain
(Washington Post, 3/21/12)
Supreme Court Expands Plea Bargain Rights of Criminal Defendants
(Washington Post, 3/21/12)

In the Capitol
House Session on March 29 will begin at 10:00 a.m. The legislature will adjourn formal session for the weeks of April 2 and April 9.
House Session Schedule for 2012
Senate Session Schedule for 2012

Committee Meetings of Interest for the Week of 3/26
3/27 Senate State Court Drug Treatment Advisory Committee

3/27 House Families, Children, and Seniors
Agenda Item of Interest: SB 1005 Require certain child development training for lawyer-guardian ad litem, and modify termination of parental rights provisions.

3/27 House Appropriations: Judiciary
Agenda: Report House Substitute for HB 5375.

3/27 Senate Appropriations: Human Services Department
Agenda: Presentation of the Senate subcommittee's FY 2012-13 budget for the Department of Human Services

3/27 Senate Appropriations: General Government
Agenda: Subcommittee Recommendation for FY 2012-13.

3/27 Senate Judiciary
Agenda: SB 1001 Provide for fee for collecting and processing child support withholdings; And any other business properly before the committee.

3/28 House Appropriations: Human Services
Agenda: HB 5374 Provide for department of human services budget fiscal year 2012-2013.

3/29 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.

3/29 House Appropriations: General Government
Agenda: Report House Substitute for: HB 5382 Provide for general government budget fiscal year 2012-2013.

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 3/20–3/22
View all bills introduced 3/20–3/22

Of General Interest
HB 5500 Appropriations; other; executive recommendation; provide for omnibus bill. Creates appropriation act.

In the Hall of Justice
Attorney Jennifer Warner is New Director of Trial Court Services

Challenge to County Commission Apportionment Law Heard by Michigan Supreme Court on March 21

The Michigan Supreme Court will hold a public administrative hearing on Wednesday, March 28, 2012, in the Supreme Court courtroom. The hearing will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. Persons who wish to address the Court regarding matters on the agenda should notify the Office of the Clerk of the Court in writing at P.O. Box 30052, Lansing, Michigan 48909, or by e-mail at, no later than Monday, March 26, 2012.
For SBM Positions, see last week's Public Policy Update.

At the Bar
Deadline is April 2 for Major State Bar Awards Nominations

Deadline is April 7 SBM New Law Day Contest Submissions

SBM Leaders to Discuss Pipeline to Power for Women Lawyers in Michigan

Sections and Committees
The Business Law Section submitted the following Public Policy report:
Support Substitute: HB 5128 Courts; other; business court; create. Amends 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.101600.9947) by adding ch. 10B.

Federal News
Supreme Court Debates if Young Murderers Should get Life Without Parole
(Washington Post, 3/19/12)
Also see:
Michigan Reaction to U.S. Supreme Court Hearing on Juvenile Life Without Parole
(Mlive, 3/20/12)

State News
Ready to Run? Michigan Needs More Women in Elected Office, Experts Say
(Mlive, 3/22/12)

New Business Tax Changes Sought by Governor, GOP Lawmakers
(Lansing State Journal, 3/22/12)

Elections panel clears way for petition drives on union-rights proposals
(Detroit Free Press, 3/20/12)

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