Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
August 15–21, 2011
Volume 9 Issue 34

In the Capitol
The Michigan House of Representatives and Senate will be in session on August 24.
House Session Schedule
Senate Session Schedule

Committee Meetings of Interest for the Week of 8/22
8/23 Senate Appropriations
Agenda Item of Interest: HB 4731 Eliminate scheduled decrease in motion fees for court of appeals.

8/24 Senate Judiciary
Agenda: SB 525 Modify weapon licensing renewal procedure; HB 4349 Expand use of state forfeiture funds to include use for any law enforcement purpose; and any other business to come properly before the committee.

8/24 Senate Appropriations: Corrections Department
Agenda: Presentation by Michigan Department of Corrections Director, Danial Heyns.

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

State News
Lawmakers in Michigan a Few Degrees Shy of Average
(Lansing State Journal, 8/22/11)

Official: Many Michigan Prisoners Mentally Ill
(Lansing State Journal, 8/22/11)

Snyder Wants Quick State Supreme Court Ruling on Emergency Manager Law
(Detroit News, 8/19/11)

Bill Seeks to Add Judges to Foreclosure Process
(Lansing State Journal, 8/18/11)

In the Hall of Justice
2011 Judicial Resources Recommendations, Including Cutting Some Judgeships, Endorsed by Unanimous Michigan Supreme Court
See also:
Michigan High Court Endorses Cutting 49 Judgeships
(Detroit News, 8/18/11)
Report: Michigan Has 45 Judges Too Many in District, Circuit Courts
(Detroit Free Press, 8/18/11)
Suggested Cuts Target 49 Judgeships in Michigan
(Lansing State Journal, 8/18/11)
State Report Calls for Elimination of 49 Judges to Right-Size Michigan Judicial System
(, 8/17/11)

Administrative Orders
2010-08—Administrative Order No. 2011-3 and Rescission of Administrative Order No. 2003-7 (Caseflow Management Guidelines)
The Court has adopted this administrative order to update the guidelines that were contained in Administrative Order No. 2003-7, which is rescinded by this order.
Issued: August 17, 2011
Effective: September 1, 2011

At the Bar
SBM Annual Meeting Reception to Celebrate Diversity

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