Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
May 9–15, 2011
Volume 9 Issue 20

FOCUS: May 2011 Revenue Estimating Conference
A Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference was held on May 16. The Treasury Department, House Fiscal Agency, and Senate Fiscal Agenda agreed that revenue expected for FY2012 is $498.6 million more than previously forecast. The General Fund is expected to be up $356.9 million and the School Aid Fund up $141.7 million.
House Fiscal Agency Revenue Review
Senate Fiscal Agency Revenue Review
See related:
Economists: Michigan Tax Revenue Up
(Detroit News, 5/16/11)
Improving Michigan Economy to Pad State's Coffers by $429M, Economists Agree
(Detroit Free Press, 5/16/11)
Business Tax Cut Will Wipe Out Rising Michigan Revenue, House Agency Says
(Detroit News, 5/14/11)

In the Capitol
Committee Meetings of Interest for the Week of 5/16
5/17 House Families, Children, and Seniors
Agenda Item of Interest: SB 220 Allow Michigan children's institute superintendent's designee to consent to guardianship.

5/17 Senate Judiciary
Agenda: SB 231 In the discovery of a dead body, require to notify law enforcement under certain circumstances; SB 258 Exempt certain minors presenting themselves for treatment from underage drinking violation under certain circumstances; SB 234 In the conviction of first, second, or third degree criminal sexual conduct, revise sanction disciplinary subcommittee must impose and include permanent revocation; SB 235 In the conviction of first, second, or third degree criminal sexual conduct, revise sanction disciplinary subcommittee must impose; SB 236 In the conviction of first, second, or third degree criminal sexual conduct, allow permanent revocation of license or registration; SB 354 Modify exception to prohibition against residing within a student safety zone when on sex offender registration; And any other business to come properly before the committee.

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 5/10–5/12
View all bills introduced 5/10–5/12

At the Bar
FOCUS: The Executive Committee met on May 10, 2011, at which time the State Bar of Michigan adopted the following Public Policy position:
2010-17 Proposed Amendment of Rule 3.707 of the Michigan Court Rules
This proposal, submitted by the Michigan Judges Association, would clarify that the right to bring a motion to modify or terminate a personal protection order as established by MCR 3.707 applies to ex parte PPOs.
SBM Position: Support and authorize the Criminal Jurisprudence & Practice Committee to advocate its position. The Committee is requesting a good cause exception to modify or terminate a Personal Protection Order, ex-parte or otherwise, be added to the proposal.

Seminar to Focus on Michigan's Evolving Medical Marijuana Laws

Springboard Seminar to Focus on the Role of In-House Counsel

State News
Circuit Judge Sees Positive Results From Jury Reform
(Oakland Press, 5/16/11)

Going Private?: Snyder, Republicans Put New Focus on Merits of Privatization
(Lansing State Journal, 5/14/11)

Snyder's Sweeping Tax Overhaul Heads to His Desk for Signature
(Detroit Free Press, 5/12/11)
See also:
Tax Plan Ready for Snyder's Signature
(Lansing State Journal, 5/13/11)
Legislature Passes Snyder's Tax Plan by Narrow Margin
(Detroit News, 5/13/11)
Michigan House, Senate OK One of Michigan's Largest Tax Overhauls by Slimmest Margin Possible
(Mlive.com, 5/12/11)

New Version of Snyder Tax Plan Saves Earned Income Tax Credit for Working Poor
(Detroit Free Press, 5/10/11)

Links of Interest
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