Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
June 14–20, 2010
Volume 8 Issue 25

In the Capitol
Committee Meetings of Interest for the Week of 6/21
6/22 Senate Judiciary
Agenda: SB 1373 Provide for penalties for possession, use, or sale of a chemically altered compound used for explicit purpose of getting high.

6/23 House Judiciary
Agenda: HB 4518 Exclude juvenile offenders from penalties for certain crimes of imprisonment for life without parole eligibility by amending Michigan penal code; HB 4594 Prohibit sentencing individual convicted as a juvenile to imprisonment for life without parole eligibility; HB 4595 Prohibit sentencing juvenile to imprisonment for life without parole eligibility by amending probate code of 1939; HB 4596 Allow parole of certain juvenile offenders sentenced to imprisonment for life; and any business properly before this committee.
Prisons and Corrections Section Position on HB 4518: Support
Prisons and Corrections Section Position on HB 4594–HB 4596: Support

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 6/15–6/17
Of Interest to the Legal Community
HB 6263 Civil procedure; evidence; introduction of evidence of an expression of sympathy as an admission of liability in a civil action; prohibit. Amends 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.101600.9947) by adding sec. 2155.

HB 6266 Traffic control; civil infraction procedures; certain civil infraction fees distributed under the revised judicature act of 1961; increase and provide for distribution into secondary road patrol and training fund. Amends sec. 181 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.181).

HB 6267 Traffic control; civil infraction procedures; certain civil infraction fees collected under Michigan vehicle code; increase, and earmark into secondary road patrol and training fund. Amends sec. 629e of 1949 PA 300 (MCL 257.629e).

HB 6272 Probate; guardians and conservators; power of conservator to mortgage or place lien on protected individual's home; require prior court approval. Amends secs. 5422 & 5423 of 1998 PA 386 (MCL 700.5422 & 700.5423).

SB 1388 Law enforcement; other; immigration law enforcement act; create. Creates new act.

At the Bar
United States District Court for the Eastern District Approves Amendments to Local Rules

Ohio Changes Requirements for Out-of-State Attorneys Arguing Temporarily in its Courts

Sections and Committees
The Litigation Section submitted a Public Policy position on HB 5527 Sales tax; other; sales tax on services; implement. Amends secs. 1, 2, 4, 4a, 4d, 4h, 4j, 4q, 4t, 4u, 4w, 5b, 6, 10, 16a, 19, 23 & 25 of 1933 PA 167 (MCL 205.51 et seq.) & adds sec. 4c.

State News
Coalition Forms to Fight Mich. Constitutional Convention
(Detroit News, 6/15/10)

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