Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
July 4–10, 2011
Volume 9 Issue 28

In the Capitol
The Michigan Legislature has adjourned formal session for most of July and August. The Senate is scheduled to be in this week on July 13.
Senate Session Schedule
House Session Schedule

Committee Meetings of Interest for the Week of 7/11
7/12 Senate Appropriations
Agenda Item of Interest: HB 4731 Increase motion fees in court of appeals and extend sunset.

7/13 Appropriations: State Police, Joint Meeting with Senate Appropriations: State Police and Military Affairs
Agenda: Developments in Michigan State Police Forensic Services and Regional Policing Model.

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

In the Hall of Justice
Rule Amendments
2005-19—Amendment to Order Entered on June 29, 2011
Issued: July 6, 2011
Effective: September 1, 2011

Administrative Orders
2011-12 (Administrative Order No. 2011-2)—Rescission of Administrative Order No. 2002-1
Issued: June 30, 2011
Effective: Immediately

Proposed Amendments
2010-14—Proposed Adoption of New Rule 6.202 of the Michigan Court Rules (and Draft Certificate Published in Conjunction with this Order)
The intent of this proposed new rule is to create a "notice and demand" rule that would allow forensic reports to be admitted into evidence without the forensic analyst's presence if the defendant does not object. The proposed rule is based on favorable discussion by the United States Supreme Court in Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts, 557 US ___; 129 S Ct 2527 (2009). Although the Supreme Court struck down the Massachusetts procedure for admitting forensic evidence without attendance by the forensic analyst, it noted that some states have adopted "notice and demand" provisions that create a procedure by which forensic reports may be admitted into evidence if the defendant does not object to the report's entry.
Issued: July 7, 2011
Comment period expiration: November 1, 2011
Public hearing: To be scheduled

At the Bar
The State Bar of Michigan Public Policy, Image, and Identity Committee and Board of Commissioners will meet Friday, July 22. For more information, please contact pcunningham@mail.michbar.org.

Federal News
Legal Tactic Raises Issues for Juveniles
(New York Times, 7/9/11)

State News
Snyder Would Tie Helmet Law Debate to No-Fault Reform
(Detroit News, 7/11/11)

Michigan's Redrawn Congressional District Take Twists and Turns
(Detroit News, 7/11/11)
See also:
Serpentine, Oddly Shaped District Proposals Will be Decided in Court
(Detroit News, 7/7/11)

Sen. Mike Green's Extending Foreclosure Prevention Program Signed into Law
(Booth Mid-Michigan, 7/7/11)

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