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