Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
March 21–27, 2011
Volume 9 Issue 13

In the Capitol
Session for the Michigan House of Representatives and Senate will reconvene on April 12.
House Session Schedule
Senate Session Schedule

Committee Meetings of Interest for the Week of 3/28
3/29 House Appropriations: Human Services
Agenda: Presentation by DHS Bureau of Juvenile Justice.

3/30 House Tax Policy
Agenda Item of Interest: Testimony only: HB 4484 Eliminate judges tax exemption for pensions.

3/30 House Appropriations: Corrections, Joint Meeting with Senate Appropriations: Corrections
Agenda: Public Testimony on Potential Privatization Initiatives.

3/31 House Appropriations: General Government
Agenda: Testimony on Governor's Revenue Sharing Plan.

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 3/22–3/24
View all bills introduced 3/22–3/24

Of Interest to the Legal Community
HB 4472 Corrections; parole; appointment of legal counsel for prisoner based upon appeal of parole by victim or prosecutor; prohibit under certain circumstances. Amends sec. 34 of 1953 PA 232 (MCL 791.234).

HB 4474 Townships; general law; posting of legal notices as alternative to publishing; provide for. Amends 1846 RS 16 (MCL 41.1a41.110c) by adding sec. 1c.

HB 4475 Counties; other; methods for public notice disclosure; expand. Amends 1851 PA 156 (MCL 46.146.32) by adding sec. 10d.

HB 4476 Villages; home rule; posting of legal notices as alternatives to publishing; provide for. Amends 1909 PA 278 (MCL 78.178.28) by adding sec. 1c.

HB 4477 Villages; general law; posting of legal notices as alternative to publishing; provide for. Amends sec. 1, ch. II & sec. 4, ch. VI of 1895 PA 3 (MCL 62.1 & 66.4) & adds sec. 4 to ch. XIV.

HB 4484 Retirement; judges; tax exemption for pensions; eliminate. Amends sec. 720 of 1992 PA 234 (MCL 38.2670).

HB 4502 Criminal procedure; expunction; eligibility requirements for setting aside convictions; revise. Amends sec. 1 of 1965 PA 213 (MCL 780.621).

SB 0292 Traffic control; other; procedures for imposing driver responsibility fee; revise. Amends sec. 732a of 1949 PA 300 (MCL 257.732a).

Of General Interest
SB 0301 Legislature; apportionment; legislative redistricting commission; create. Amends secs. 1, 1a & 2 of 1996 PA 463 (MCL 4.261 et seq.) & repeals secs. 3 & 4 of 1996 PA 463 (MCL 4.263 & 4.264).

SB 0302 Legislature; apportionment; congressional redistricting commission; create. Amends secs. 2 & 3 of 1999 PA 221 (MCL 3.62 & 3.63).

In the Hall of Justice
The Michigan Supreme Court will hold a public administrative hearing on Wednesday, March 30, 2011. The hearing will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. To reserve a place on the agenda, please notify the Office of the Clerk of the Court in writing at P.O. Box 30052, Lansing, Michigan 48909, or by e-mail at MSC_clerk@courts.mi.gov, no later than Monday, March 28, 2011.
View Agenda
View SBM Positions

Rule Amendments
2008-29, 2008-43 Amendments of Rules 3.807, 3.921, and 5.402 of the Michigan Court Rules
The amendments of MCR 3.807, 3.921, and 5.402 have been made to clarify former language and to correct cross references.
Issued: March 22, 2011
Effective: Immediately

Administrative Orders
2004-19 Rescission of LCR 4.202 of the 36th District Court
Issued: March 22, 2011
Effective: Immediately

Proposed Amendments
2011-04 Proposed Amendments of Rule 3.911 and Rule 3.915 of the Michigan Court Rules
The proposed amendment of MCR 3.911 would eliminate the 14-day time frame during which a demand for jury must be made. The proposed revision of MCR 3.915 would clarify that counsel should be appointed for a parent even at the preliminary hearing of a child protective proceeding.
Issued: March 22, 2011
Comment period expiration: July 1, 2011
Public Hearing: To be scheduled

2011-05 Proposed Amendments of Rules 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 1.9, 1.13, 1.14, 1.15, 1.16, 1.17, 3.2, 4.1, 4.3, 5.2, and 8.4 of the Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct
The proposed amendments of MRPC 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 1.9, 1.13, 1.14, 1.15, 1.16, 1.17, 3.2, 4.1, 4.3, 5.2, and 8.4 would incorporate language from the comments of these rules into the rule itself.
Issued: March 22, 2011
Comment period expiration: July 1, 2011
Public Hearing: To be scheduled

Other Actions
2011-01 Appointments to the Court Reporting and Recording Board of Review
Issued: March 22, 2011

2011-01 Appointments to the Committee on Model Civil Jury Instructions
Issued: March 22, 2011

At the Bar
The State Bar of Michigan's Public Policy, Image, and Identity Committee and the Board of Commissioners will meet on April 8, 2011. For more information, please contact pcunningham@mail.michbar.org.

Federal News
Justices Grapple With Issue of Right to Lawyers in Child Support Cases
(New York Times, 3/23/11)

State News
Senate GOP Offers Alternative Michigan Tax Plan
(Lansing State Journal, 3/26/11)

Census Numbers will Shape Area Political Districts
(Lansing State Journal, 3/26/11)

Gov. Snyder Lays Out Ideas on Streamlining Michigan Government
(Lansing State Journal, 3/21/11)

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