Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
April 13—19, 2009
Volume 7 Issue 16

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In the Capitol
Committee Meetings of Interest for the Week of 4/20
4/21 House Appropriations: Judiciary
Agenda: Presentation from the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court; Presentation from the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals.

4/21 Senate Judiciary
Agenda: SB 163 Modify state police dismissal procedure.

4/21 Senate Appropriations: Judiciary & Corrections
Agenda: FY 2009-2010 Michigan Department of Corrections Budget

4/22 House Judiciary
Agenda: HB 4535 Expand conditions involving termination of parental rights; HB 4131 Provide for second parent adoption; and any other business properly before the committee.
Family Law Position: Support HB 4131

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

In the Hall of Justice
Rule Amendments
2008-29—Amendment of Rules 3.901, 3.903, 3.921, 3.965, 3.975, 3.976, 3.977, and 3.978, and New Rule 3.979 of the Michigan Court Rules
Issued: April 14, 2009
Effective: July 1, 2009

Proposed Amendments
2006-16—Proposed Amendment of Rules 6.302 and 6.310 of the Michigan Court Rules
On order of the Court, notice of the proposed amendments of Rules 6.302 and 6.310 of the Michigan Court Rules having been published for comment at 480 Mich 1236 (2008), and an opportunity having been provided for comment in writing and at a public hearing, the Court declines to adopt the proposed amendments. This administrative file is closed without further action.
Issued: April 14, 2009

2009-09—Proposal to Require a Court to Submit a Local Administrative Order to SCAO When Appointing Magistrates and Referees
This proposed administrative order would require a court to submit a local administrative order to the State Court Administrative Office regarding the identity of magistrates and referees, as well as a description of the scope of the authority of magistrates and referees. These requirements would provide the State Court Administrative Office necessary information about who these individuals are and what functions they perform in the trial court. It would be the magistrate's or referee's responsibility to update his or her contact information.
Issued: April 14, 2009
Comment period expires: August 1, 2009
Public hearing: To be scheduled

2009-01—Appointment to the Court Reporting and Recording Board of Review
Issued: April 14, 2009

2009-01—Appointment of Chief Judge of the three 87th District Courts—Otsego (87A), Kalkaska (87B), and Crawford (87C) Counties
Issued: April 14, 2009

2009-01—Appointment of Chief Judges of the Alger/Schoolcraft 5thProbate Court and the Houghton County Probate Court
Issued: April 14, 2009

At the Bar
Paralegals, Litigation Support Professionals Collaborate to Present Annual Day of Education

Live Broadcast from SBM Highlights Law Day Celebration

Sections and Committees
The Family Law Section submitted Public Policy positions on the following items:
Support: HB 4131 Children; adoption; second parent adoption; provide for. Amends secs. 24 & 51 of 1939 PA 288 (MCL 710.24 & 710.51).

Support and Amend: HB 4222 Civil procedure; personal protection orders; victims of posting certain messages on the internet, furnishing obscene publications to minors, or criminal sexual conduct; allow to petition for personal protection orders. Amends sec. 2950a of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.2950a).

Support: HB 4312 Labor; hours and wages; adoption leave; provide for. Amends sec. 3 of 1978 PA 390 (MCL 408.473).

Support: HB 4470 Labor; hours and wages; adoption leave; provide for. Amends sec. 3 of 1978 PA 390 (MCL 408.473).

Support: HB 4641 Employment security; benefits; disqualification from receiving benefits when leaving employment; create exception for domestic violence victim. Amends 1936 (Ex Sess) PA 1 (MCL 421.1421.75) by adding sec. 28b.

Oppose: HB 4671 Family law; paternity; expedited provision of copy of acknowledgment of parentage to attorney or court clerk; provide for. Amends sec. 5 of 1996 PA 305 (MCL 722.1005).

Oppose: HB 4672 Records; birth; provision of certain birth records by the state registrar; revise. Amends sec. 2882 of 1978 PA 368 (MCL 333.2882).

Support: HB 4704 Family law; marriage and divorce; change of name procedure whenever decree of divorce is granted; revise to make gender neutral. Amends title & sec. 1 of 1905 PA 299 (MCL 552.391).

Support: SB 0197 Family law; paternity; circumstances under which putative father may sue to establish paternity of a child born to a married woman; establish. Amends secs. 1, 4 & 6 of 1956 PA 205 (MCL 722.711 et seq.).

Support: SB 0227 Children; guardians; guardianship assistance act; clarify. Amends title & secs. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 9 of 2008 PA 260 (MCL 722.871 et seq.); adds secs. 5a & 5b & repeals secs. 7 & 10 of 2008 PA 260 (MCL 722.877 & 722.880).

Federal News
F.B.I. and States Vastly Expand DNA Databases
(New York Times, 4/18/09)

State News
Closed Detroit Crime Lab Creates Crisis
(Detroit News, 4/20/09)

Campaign Seeks to Reform Funding of Court-Appointed Attorneys
(The Macomb Daily, 4/19/09)

Michigan Facing $785 Million Budget Shortfall
(Lansing State Journal, 4/18/09)

State Prepares for Constitutional Convention
(The Oakland Press, 4/17/09)

Links of Interest
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