Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
August 10-16, 2009
Volume 7 Issue 33

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In the Capitol
The Michigan Senate will reconvene on August 18. The Michigan House of Representatives reconvenes August 19.

Committee Meetings of Interest for the Week of 8/17
8/18 Senate Judiciary
Agenda: SR 17 A resolution to affirm Michigan's sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over all powers not enumerated and granted to the federal government. SCR 4 A concurrent resolution to affirm Michigan's sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over all powers not enumerated and granted to the federal government. Pending Referral: A resolution to memorialize the United States Congress to make certain intelligence information regarding Guantanamo Bay detention camp detainees available to the Governor and Michigan State Legislature.

8/19 House Judiciary
Agenda: HB 4355 Require state contractors to verify legal residency of employees; HB 4969 Require use of e-verification system by employment agencies; HB 4704 Revise change of name procedure whenever decree of divorce is granted to make gender neutral; HB 4729 Establish identity theft commission; HB 4970 Allow parent to sign waiver of claims of liability against a sponsor or organizer of children's athletic and recreational activities; HB 4982 Provide for exemption for certain prosecuting attorneys and assistant prosecuting attorneys from concealed weapons no-carry zones; SB 149 Prohibit obtaining personal information by false pretenses; SB 150 Modify sentencing guidelines for crime of obtaining personal information by false pretenses; SB 163 Modify state police dismissal procedure; HR 123 A resolution to extend subpoena power to the House Judiciary Committee.
Family Law Section Position on HB 4704: Support

8/19 House Senior Health, Security, and Retirement
Agenda Item of Interest: HB 4621 Allow testimony of a vulnerable adult to be presented by videotape or closed-circuit television.

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 9/11
Of General Interest
HB 5232 Weapons; firearms; Michigan firearms freedom act; enact. Creates new act.

At the Bar
The State Bar of Michigan's Board of Commissioners scheduled a special meeting for August 21, 2009. For more information, please contact pcunningham@mail.michbar.org.

SBM Does Not Endorse "The Attorney Badge" Being Marketed to Michigan Attorneys

MSU College of Law to Offer SBM "Professionalism in Action" Program to Students

Sections and Committees
The Negligence Law Section submitted a Public Policy position on the following group of bills:

HB 4244 Insurance; insurers; remedies for failure to timely pay benefits; expand to include attorney fee under certain circumstances. Amends 1956 PA 218 (MCL 500.100500.8302) by adding sec. 2090.
HB 4844 Insurance; no-fault; duty to deal fairly; provide for general amendments. Amends 1956 PA 218 (MCL 500.100500.8302) by adding sec. 3149.
HB 5144 Insurance; unfair trade practices; whistleblower protection to insurance employees reporting violations of unfair practices in insurance law; provide for. Amends 1956 PA 218 (MCL 500.100500.8302) by adding sec. 2035.
HB 5145 Insurance; unfair trade practices; breach of obligation to deal in good faith by certain insurers; impose penalty of second or subsequent violation. Amends 1956 PA 218 (MCL 500.100500.8302) by adding sec. 2026c.
HB 5146 Insurance; unfair trade practices; violation of unfair and prohibited trade practices act by certain insurers; create presumption that violation was in bad faith and create remedies. Amends 1956 PA 218 (MCL 500.100500.8302) by adding sec.
HB 5147 Insurance; unfair trade practices; penalties for certain individuals who knowingly create, foster, or encourage an environment that leads to systemic wrongful denial of claims; provide for. Amends 1956 PA 218 (MCL 500.100500.8302) by adding sec. 2026b.
HB 5150 Insurance; unfair trade practices; private citizen cause of action; provide for. Amends 1956 PA 218 (MCL 500.100500.8302) by adding sec. 2027a.

State News
MSU Economist: State Workers Earn Less Than Public Counterparts
(Detroit News, 8/17/09)

Tax Ideas Get Mixed Review: Film Credits Could Be at Risk
(Crain's Detroit Business, 8/16/09)

Governor Backs Taxes to Help Erase Deficit
(Detroit News, 8/14/09)

Michigan Tax Revenues Fall $50M in July
(Detroit News, 8/11/09)

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