Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
March 30–April 5, 2009
Volume 7 Issue 14

In the Capitol
The next scheduled session for the Michigan House of Representatives and Senate is Tuesday, April 21, 2009.
View 2009 House Session Schedule
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Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 3/31–4/2
Of Interest to the Legal Community
HB 4737 Crime victims; rights; restitution of certain costs incurred by victims of identity theft; amend William Van Regenmorter crime victim's rights act to require. Amends secs. 4a, 16, 33b, 44, 64a & 76 of 1985 PA 87 (MCL 780.754a et seq.).

HB 4738 Juveniles; criminal procedure; restitution of certain cost incurred by victims of identity theft; amend probate code of 1939 to require. Amends secs. 30 & 31, ch. XIIA of 1939 PA 288 (MCL 712A.30 & 712A.31).

HB 4742 Criminal procedure; evidence; requirement for DNA testing upon arrest for certain crimes; eliminate. Amends sec. 520m of 1931 PA 328 (MCL 750.520m).

HB 4790 Civil procedure; remedies; wrongful imprisonment for crime; provide compensation for.

HB 4791 Income tax; income; compensation received under the wrongful imprisonment compensation act; provide a deduction.

HB 4794 Family law; child support; inclusion of personal identifying information in an order under the family support act; prohibit unless required by law.

HB 4795 Family law; paternity; inclusion of personal identifying information in order of filiation; prohibit unless required by law.

HB 4796 Family law; marriage and divorce; inclusion of personal identifying information in judgment; prohibit unless required by law.

HB 4799 Public employees and officers; other; restrictions on expenditure of proceeds of lawsuit settlements; establish.

SB 0412 Businesses; charitable organizations; references to uniform prudent management of institutional funds act in the nonprofit corporations act; revise to reflect adoption of new uniform act. Amends secs. 124, 261, 501 & 541 of 1982 PA 162 (MCL 450.2124 et seq.).

Of General Interest
HB 4732 Identity theft; consumer protection; identity theft prevention programs by employers; require. Amends 2004 PA 452 (MCL 445.61445.77) by adding sec. 12c.

HB 4733 Identity theft; penalties; civil fine; provide for. Amends 2004 PA 452 (MCL 445.61445.77) by adding sec. 12d.

HB 4739 Labor; public service employment; prohibited subjects of bargaining; clarify as to contracted services. Amends sec. 15 of 1947 PA 336 (MCL 423.215).

HB 4772 Civil rights; open meetings; exemption from open meetings act for employment relations commission; create.

SB 0413 Elections; initiative and referendum; approval of ballot question petition prior to circulation; provide for. Amends 1954 PA 116 (MCL 168.1168.992) by adding sec. 473a.

At the Bar
SBM to Present "Tips and Tools for a Successful Practice" Seminar on Wednesday, May 6

Federal News
State Law to Cap Public Defenders' Caseloads, But Only in the City
(New York Times, 4/5/09)

State News
Dillon Eyes Nov. Ballot for Overhaul of Michigan Tax System
(Detroit Free Press, 4/5/09)

Lawmaker Wants to Expand "Sunshine" Laws
(The Macomb Daily, 4/5/09)

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