Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
July 2–8, 2012
Volume 10 Issue 27

In the Capitol
Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

In the Hall of Justice
July is Juror Appreciation Month, State Supreme Court Declares

Beware of Text Message Scammers Posing as Court Officials, State Court Administrative Office Warns; Scammers Text Targets, Demand Payment Over the Phone to Quash Bogus Arrest Warrants

Proposed Amendments
2012-15—Proposed Administrative Order No. 2012-XX (proposed implementation of trial court performance measures)
This administrative order would implement the use of performance measures in trial courts.
Issued: July 5, 2012
Comment period expiration: November 1, 2012

2012-16—Proposed Administrative Order No. 2012-XX (proposal would allow State Court Administrative Office to authorize judicial officer's appearance by video communication equipment)
This administrative order would allow the State Court Administrative Office to authorize a judge to preside using videoconferencing equipment in certain types of proceedings.
Issued: July 5, 2012
Comment period expiration: November 1, 2012

At the Bar
Candace Crowley to Receive Foundation's Access to Justice Award

State News
Rep. McCotter Gives Up Seat in Congress
(Detroit News, 7/7/12)
See also:
Rep. Thaddeus McCotter's Abrupt Exit Puts State in Tough Spot
(Detroit Free Press, 7/7/12)

Snyder, GOP Lawmakers Team up for 603 Laws
(Lansing State Journal, 7/4/12)

Snyder Vetoes Three Bills Aimed at Changes for Voters
(Detroit News, 7/3/12)
See also:
Gov. Snyder Vetoes Election Bills Denounced as 'Voter Suppression' by Critics
(, 7/3/12)

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