Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
August 16–22, 2010
Volume 8 Issue 34

In the Capitol
The Michigan House of Representatives will be in session this week for its normal session schedule. The Michigan Senate will be in session on Tuesday, with tentative sessions scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday.
House Schedule
Senate Schedule

Committee Meetings of Interest for the Week of 8/23
8/24 Senate Judiciary
Agenda: SB 858 Limit liability for medical malpractice for emergency treatment rendered in a hospital.

8/25 House Judiciary
Agenda: HB 6156 Remove population limit for municipalities eligible to seek reimbursement from inmates; HB 4537 Increase penalties for disrupting a religious service; HB 4269 Increase penalties for destruction or mutilation of war memorial or war monument to 5 years; HB 4270 Establish sentencing guidelines for crime of damaging or destroying a war memorial monument; SB 949 Require community service under certain circumstances with the destruction or mutilation of war memorial or war monument; SB 950 Prohibit making false representation about military status under certain circumstances and provide penalties; and any other business properly before this committee.

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 8/17–8/19
Of Interest to the Legal Community

SB 1455 Businesses; limited liability companies; conversion from and into other forms of organization; authorize and make general revisions. Amends secs. 102, 103, 206, 211, 302, 304, 308, 401, 403, 404, 406, 501, 502, 503, 505, 506, 507, 510, 514, 515, 604, 702, 801, 804 & 805 of 1993 PA 23 (MCL 450.4102 et seq.); adds secs. 216, 409, 708 & 709 & repeals sec. 408 of 1993 PA 23 (MCL 450.4408).

SB 1460 Crimes; other; court to defer prosecution of person less than 18 years convicted of cyberbullying; allow under certain circumstances. Amends 1927 PA 175 (MCL 760.1777.69) by adding sec. 4b to ch. IX.

At the Bar
Lawyers with Trust Accounts Will Be Impacted When New Overdraft Rule Takes Effect Sept. 15

Wayne State will Partner with SBM to Host Professionalism in Action Program

Sections and Committees
The Consumer Law Section submitted an amicus brief in Richardson v. Schafer, 6th Cir. BAP, Nos. 10-8030, 10-8031.

State News
Michigan Layoffs May Occur as State Departments Consider Cuts
(Lansing State Journal, 8/20/10)

Senate: Gov's Budget 'Do-Able'
(Detroit News, 8/20/10)

Michigan's State Agencies Begin Task of Shaving Budgets
(Lansing State Journal, 8/19/10)

Gov. Pushes Tough Cuts, Reform for Michigan Budget
(Lansing State Journal, 8/19/10)

Michigan Supreme Court Races Sure to Draw Big Spenders, Study Says
(Detroit Free Press, 8/16/10)

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