Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
June 21–27, 2010
Volume 8 Issue 26

FYI: The deadline to register to vote in the primary election is next Tuesday, July 6, 2010. For further information on how and where to register to vote, visit the Michigan Department of State.

In the Capitol
The Michigan Senate has posted its summer schedule for 2010.

Committee Meetings of Interest for the Week of 6/28
6/29 House Intergovernmental and Regional Affairs
Agenda Item of Interest: HB 6006 Combine twentieth and twenty-first districts of the district courts.

6/30 House Judiciary
Agenda: HB 5744 Establish openness and obviousness of condition as issue of comparative fault only; HB 5745 Provide exception to cap on damages if defendant falsifies medical records; HB 5750 Prohibit certain provisions of employment contracts for broadcasters; HB 5763 Require electronic recording of certain custodial interrogation sessions require, and revise procedures for determining admissibility as evidence; SB 882 Revise statute of limitations and repose for actions against architects, engineers, surveyors, and construction contractors; and any business properly before this committee.
SBM Position on HB 5763: Support

7/1 House Agriculture
Agenda Items of Interest: HB 6042 Require use of certain commercially prepared solution when euthanizing dogs and cats by class B dealers registered with the department of agriculture; HB 6043 Require use of certain commercially prepared solution euthanizing dogs and cats at animal control shelters and animal protection shelters; HB 4663 Clarify regulation of dealers or research facilities using dogs and cats for certain purposes.
Animal Law Section Position on HB 6042–HB 6043: Support
Animal Law Section Position on HB 4663: Support

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 6/22–6/24
Of Interest to the Legal Community
HB 6281 Crimes; penalties; penalties for habitual alcohol offenses; enhance. Amends sec. 625 of 1949 PA 300 (MCL 257.625).

HB 6287 Corrections; other; entering probation orders by department of corrections; revise procedure. Amends sec. 3, ch. IX of 1927 PA 175 (MCL 771.3).

In the Hall of Justice
June 24 was First "Michigan Family Reunification Day"

The Michigan Supreme Court will hold a public administrative conference on Thursday, July, 8, 2010.

At the Bar
Judicial Vacancy—43rd District Court
Hon. Robert J. Turner is vacating his seat on the 43rd District Court. State Bar members interested in applying for the judgeship should submit an application by July 6, 2010.
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Judicial Vacancy—6th Circuit Court
Hon. Mark A. Goldsmith is vacating his seat on the 6th Circuit Court. State Bar members interested in applying for the judgeship should submit an application by July 6, 2010.
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Links of Interest
Public Policy Resource Center | Michigan Supreme Court | Michigan Legislature | MCL Search Engines