Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
April 18–24, 2011
Volume 9 Issue 17

In the Capitol
Committee Meetings of Interest for the Week of 4/25
4/26 House Redistricting and Elections
Agenda: The Federal Voting Rights Act: Testimony by Butch Hollowell, of the Detroit NAACP and Alan L. Canady, of Clark Hill PLC concerning Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act; Testimony by Chris Thomas, Director, Bureau of Elections, Secretary of State concerning Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.

4/26 House Appropriations
Agenda Item of Interest: HB 4523 Omnibus budget appropriations bill for Corrections, Michigan State Police, Military & Veteran's Affairs, and Judiciary.

4/26 House Tax Policy
Agenda Item of Interest: HB 4484 Eliminate tax exemption for pensions for judges.

4/26 House Military and Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security
Agenda Item of interest: Presentation by: Judge Ray Voet, Ionia County Veterans Court.

4/26 House Tax Policy
Agenda Item of Interest: HB 4484 Eliminate tax exemption for pensions for judges.

4/27 House Appropriations
Agenda Item of Interest: HB 4523 Omnibus budget appropriations bill for Corrections, Michigan State Police, Military & Veteran's Affairs, and Judiciary.

4/27 House Regulatory Reform
Agenda Item of Interest: Presentation: Discussion of the Michigan Administrative Procedures Act (PA 306 of 1969) and SOAHR (State Office of Administrative Hearings and Rules) given by Mr. Rob Nederhood, Deputy Director of Regulatory Reinvention, of the newly created Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

4/27 House Tax Policy
Agenda Item of Interest: HB 4484 Eliminate tax exemption for pensions for judges.

4/28 Senate Judiciary
Please note different date and time. Agenda: SB 137 Require policy prohibiting harassment and bullying at school; SB 319 Reduce in number court of appeals, circuit court, and district court judges; SB 231 In discovery of a dead body require to notify law enforcement under certain circumstances; SB 281 In bowling centers provide immunity from liability for slip and falls under certain circumstances; SR 34 A resolution to memorialize the United States Congress to take immediate steps to provide funding to the Drug Enforcement Agency for the cleanup of clandestine methamphetamine laboratories seized by state and local law enforcement; And any other business to come properly before the committee.

4/28 House Appropriations
Agenda Item of Interest: HB 4523 Omnibus budget appropriations bill for Corrections, Michigan State Police, Military & Veteran's Affairs, and Judiciary.

4/28 House Judiciary
Agenda: HB 4416 Expand enforcement of certain Michigan vehicle code violations on publicly accessible private roads to permit enforcement by counties under certain circumstances; SB 19 Increase penalties for disrupting a religious service; SB 99 Prohibit possession of certain schedule 1 controlled substances, and provide a penalty.

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 4/21
View all bills introduced 4/21

Of General Interest
HB 4573 Administrative procedure; rules; use of certain orders, bulletins, and guidelines; establish limit and provide for regulatory flexibility for small businesses.

In the Hall of Justice
Rule Amendments
2006-38—Amendments of Subchapter 9.100 et seq. and Rule 8.120 of the Michigan Court Rules
Issued: April 19, 2011
Effective: September 1, 2011

Other Actions
2011-01—Appointments of Chief Judge and Chief Judge Pro Tempore of the 85th District Court
Issued: April 19, 2011
Effective: Immediately, until further order of the Court

At the Bar
February 2011 Bar Exam Admission Ceremonies

Sections and Committees
The Criminal Law Section submitted Public Policy position reports on the following items:
Oppose: HB 4164 (Oakes) Traffic control; other; option of community service in lieu of payment of driver responsibility fees for certain low-income individuals; provide. Amends sec. 732a of 1949 PA 300 (MCL 257.732a) & adds sec. 732b.

Oppose: HB 4472 (Pscholka) 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).

Support in Principle: SB 246 (Schuitmaker) Juveniles; criminal procedure; juvenile competency standards; revise. Amends sec. 1, ch. XIIA of 1939 PA 288 (MCL 712A.1) & adds secs. 18n, 18o, 18p, 18q, 18r & 18s to ch. XIIA.

Support in Principle: SB 247 (Schuitmaker) Juveniles; criminal procedure; juvenile competency and culpability; clarify. Amends secs. 498d, 498e & 498h of 1974 PA 258 (MCL 330.1498d et seq.) & adds secs. 1060, 1060a, 1060b, 1060c, 1062, 1064, 1066, 1068, 1070, 1072 & 1074.

Federal News
Lawmakers Seek to Unclog Road to Confirmation
(New York Times, 4/24/11)

Juvenile Killers in Jail for Life Seek a Reprieve
(New York Times, 4/20/11)

State News
Differences Emerge in Michigan Budget Negotiations
(Lansing State Journal, 4/25/11)

Michigan's Budget Outlook Brightens
(Detroit News, 4/23/11)

Senate Panel Cuts $1.5B From Schools, Revenue Sharing, Other Programs
(Detroit News, 4/22/11)

Michigan's New Corrections Chief to Focus on Cutting Costs
(Lansing State Journal, 4/21/11)

Absentee Ballot Rules May be Eased
(Detroit News, 4/20/11)

Snyder Appoints Jackson County Sheriff to Head Corrections Dept.
(Lansing State Journal, 4/20/11)

Michigan Secretary of State Details Latest Plans
(Lansing State Journal, 4/19/11)

Senate Resolution Would Allow for Added Sales Tax—If Voters Agree
(Lansing State Journal, 4/19/11)

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