Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
April 19-25, 2010
Volume 8 Issue 17

FOCUS: Law Day 2010
State Bar of Michigan officials will commemorate Law Day on Monday, May 3 with a two-hour broadcast on Michigan Talk Network's "Michael Patrick Shiels in the Morning" and an essay awards luncheon at the Michigan Hall of Justice. The 2010 Law Day theme is "Law in the 21st Century: Enduring Traditions, Emerging Challenges."
See also: SBM will Celebrate 2010 Law Day with Radio Broadcast and an Awards Luncheon

In the Capitol
The House of Representatives will meet at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 27, 2010. The Senate will convene at its normal time.
House Session Schedule
Senate Session Schedule

Committee Meetings of Interest for the Week of 4/26
4/27 Senate Appropriations: Judiciary & Corrections
Agenda: FY 2010-2011 Judiciary Budget.

4/28 House Judiciary
Agenda: HB 5699 Extend tolling of statute of limitations for civil action for damages resulting from criminal sexual conduct against a minor; HB 5521 Prohibit sexual penetration by medical care provider under certain circumstances and provide penalties; And any business properly before this committee.
SBM POSITION: The State Bar has previously opposed legislation similar to HB 5699 based on a concern that the length of time the statute of limitations is proposed to be extended, the due process rights of the defendant may be violated.

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 4/20–4/22
Of Interest to the Legal Community

HB 6062 Torts; liability; liability of volunteer drivers of seniors and disabled individuals; provide immunity. Creates new act.

In the Hall of Justice
Michigan Supreme Court's Public Administrative Conference Held April 21

At the Bar
SBM Congratulates Winners of the 36th Annual McCree Awards for Justice

Sections and Committees
The Animal Law Section submitted a Public Policy position on SB 1013 Natural resources; hunting; moose hunting season and moose hunting advisory council; create. Amends 1994 PA 451 (MCL 324.101324.90106) by adding secs. 40110a & 43540d & repeals sec. 43540d of 1994 PA 451 (MCL 324.43540d).

The Real Property Law Section submitted a Public Policy position on HB 5804 Land use; other; adverse possession; restrict. Amends sec. 5867 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.5867) & adds sec. 5867a.

Federal News
Justices Put Curbs on Payment for Lawyers
(New York Times, 4/21/10)

State News
Granholm: Michigan Has "Hit Bottom," Ready for Rebound
(Detroit News, 4/25/10)

Support Slips for Retirement Plan, Poll Shows
(Lansing State Journal, 4/20/10)

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