Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
May 10-16, 2010
Volume 8 Issue 20

In the Capitol
Committee Meetings of Interest for the Week of 5/17
5/18 House Appropriations: Corrections
Agenda: Discussion of FY 2011 Corrections Budget.

5/18 House Intergovernmental and Regional Affairs
Agenda Item of Interest: SB 791 Create uniform real property electronic recording act.
Real Property Law Section Position: Oppose and Amend

5/18 Senate Judiciary
Agenda: SB 1310 Establish procedures for providing service to location where unauthorized use has occurred; SB 1311 Prohibit theft of certain utility products or services, and provide a penalty; SB 1312 Enact sentencing guidelines for crime of illegally transferring product or service of utility provider to another person; SB 1313 Prohibit assault of a utility worker and provide penalties; SB 1314 Enact sentencing guidelines for crime of assaulting a utility worker; HB 5273 Create sobriety court interlock pilot project.

5/19 House Judiciary
Agenda: HB 6101 Allow names and addresses of minors who have been victims of child abuse or sex crimes to be exempted from disclosure under freedom of information act; HB 6135 Remove dueling conviction as basis for parole eligibility to reflect repeal of crime; HB 6136 Eliminate sentencing guidelines for crime of dueling; HB 6137 Repeal crime of dueling; HB 5812 Revise definition of service animal; For referral to the Committee on Tourism, Outdoor Recreation and Natural Resources: HB 6053 Allow use of certain self-defense spray or foam device by person holding concealed pistol permit under certain circumstances; and any business properly before this committee.

5/19 House Agriculture
Agenda Items of Interest: HB 6042 Require use of certain commercially prepared solution in euthanizing dogs and cats by class B dealers registered with the department of agriculture; HB 6043 Require use of certain commercially prepared solution in euthanizing dogs and cats at animal control shelters and animal protection shelters.
Animal Law Section Position on HB 6042 & HB 6043: Support

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 5/11–5/13
Of Interest to the Legal Community
HB 6156 Corrections; jails; population limit for municipalities eligible to seek reimbursement from inmates; remove. Amends sec. 2 of 2006 PA 88 (MCL 801.312).

HB 6163 Torts; medical malpractice; recovery for negligence of an emergency room doctor; require showing of gross negligence. Amends 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.101600.9947) by adding sec. 2912i.

In the Hall of Justice
Michigan Supreme Court's Public Administrative Conference Held May 12

At the Bar
SBM Labor and Employment Law Section Sponsors Seminar

SBM International Law Section Presents Symposium on Sub-Saharan Africa: Change, Challenge, and Opportunity

Judicial Vacancy—Monroe County Probate Court
Hon. Pamela A. Moskwa is vacating her seat on the Monroe County Probate Court. State Bar members interested in applying for the judgeship should submit an application by June 9, 2010.
View Information

Federal News
Justices Bar Life Terms for Youths Who Haven't Killed
(New York Times, 5/17/10)

Supreme Court Asked to Decide Georgia Death-Penalty Appeal
(Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 5/12/10)

State News
Budget Experts Predict Michigan's Economy Will Deteriorate Further
(Detroit News, 5/17/10)

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