Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
July 13—19, 2009
Volume 7 Issue 29

In the Capitol
The Michigan House of Representatives adjourned session until the week of July 27. The Michigan Senate is expected to be in session July 22.
House Session Schedule
Senate Session Schedule

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 7/14–7/16
Of Interest to the Legal Community

HB 5174 Juveniles; criminal procedure; juvenile competency and culpability; clarify.

HB 5175 Juveniles; criminal procedure; juvenile competency and culpability; clarify.

HB 5176 State; identification cards; forms of identification necessary to apply for a state identification card; include corrections identification card and allow access to certain department of corrections data.

HB 5177 Corrections; prisoners; certain prisoner reentry programs, including issuance of identification card and copies of other identifying documents; require, and require prisoners to obtain certain records.

HB 5178 Traffic control; driver license; forms of identification necessary to apply for driver license; include corrections identification card.

HB 5179 Criminal procedure; sentencing; certain records necessary to obtain identification documents; assist convicted persons in obtaining.

HB 5188 Probate; powers of attorney; written acknowledgment of responsibilities by agent appointed under a power of attorney; require.

HB 5194 Probate; guardians and conservators; power of conservator to mortgage or place lien on protected individual's home; require prior court approval.

HB 5196 Probate; powers of attorney; uniform power of attorney act; enact.

HB 5204 Torts; liability; personal injury or property damage caused by propane gas equipment or appliances that were modified, repaired, or used inappropriately; provide protection from liability.

SB 0700 Trade; securities; adoption of new uniform securities act (2002); update uniform securities act references in Michigan consumer protection act.

SB 0705 Trade; securities; adoption of new uniform securities act (2002); update uniform securities act references in revised judicature act of 1961.

Of General Interest
HB 5192 Probate; guardians and conservators; bond; require if protected individual has liquid assets over certain limit.

HB 5193 Human services; other; definition of abuse of vulnerable adult; expand to include financial exploitation.

HB 5195 Probate; wills and estates; forfeiture and revocation of benefits for individuals who abused, neglected, or exploited decedent; provide for.

HB 5201 Property; land sales; land sales act; repeal.

SB 0688 Torts; governmental immunity; medical personnel with immunity from tort liability for search and rescue and tactical operations; clarify that physician's assistants are included.

In the Hall of Justice
Proposed Electronic Filing Project, Statewide Strategy for Court Collections Among Agenda Items for Michigan Supreme Court's Public Administrative Conference held July 15

At the Bar
The State Bar of Michigan's Public Policy, Image, and Identity Committee and the Board of Commissioners will meet on July 24, 2009. For more information, please contact

State Bar of Michigan Announces 2009 Election Results

Sections and Committees
The Animal Law Section submitted Public Policy positions on the following items:
Oppose: HB 5127 Agriculture; animals; regulation of livestock animal health and welfare; provide for. Amends 1988 PA 466 (MCL 287.701287.745) by adding sec. 8a.

Oppose: HB 5128 Agriculture; animals; animal care advisory council; create. Amends sec. 3 of 1988 PA 466 (MCL 287.703) & adds sec. 7a.

State News
Plan to Consolidate Benefits Draws Fire
(Lansing State Journal, 7/20/09)

Gov. Disputes 'Dangerous Cuts'
(Lansing State Journal, 7/18/09)

Worthy: Budget May Let More Criminals Go Free
(Detroit Free Press, 7/16/09)

Michigan Attorney General Slams Disbursement Bill
(Detroit News, 7/16/09)

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