Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
August 23–29, 2010
Volume 8 Issue 35

Please note: Next week's Public Policy Update will published on Tuesday, September 7 due to the holiday. Any interim questions can be directed to

FOCUS: Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Alton T. Davis appointed to the Michigan Supreme Court
Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Alton T. Davis has been named the replacement for Justice Elizabeth A. Weaver, effective immediately. The announcement came at a press conference on Thursday, August 28, 2010 at Governor Granholm's press room in Lansing. Former Justice Weaver's resignation took effect earlier that day.
See also:
Governor Granholm Press Release
Gov. Granholm Officially Names Alton Davis to Michigan Supreme Court (, 8/26/10)

FOCUS: Republican and Democratic State Convention Results
Governor: Virg Bernero (Democrat); Rick Snyder (Republican)
Lieutenant Governor: Brenda Lawrence (Democrat); Brian Calley (Republican)
Attorney General: David Leyton (Democrat); Bill Schuette (Republican)
Secretary of State: Jocelyn Benson (Democrat); Ruth Johnson (Republican)
Michigan Supreme Court: Justice Alton Thomas Davis and Judge Denise Langford Morris (Democrat); Justice Robert Young and Judge Mary Beth Kelly (Republican)
State Board of Education: Elizabeth Bauer and Lupe Ramos-Montigny (Democrat); Eileen Weiser and Richard Zeile (Republican)
University of Michigan Board of Regents: Greg Stephens and Paul Brown (Democrat); Andrea Fischer Newman and Andrew Richner (Republican)
Michigan State University Board of Trustees: Dennis Denno and Colleen McNamara (Democrat); Brian Breslin and Mitch Lyons (Republican)
Wayne State University Board of Governors: Ed Bruley and Brenda Moon (Democrat); Diane Dunaskiss and Danialle Karmanos (Republican)

In the Capitol
The Michigan House of Representatives will be in session this week on September 1 and September 2. The Michigan Senate has adjourned until September 7, 2010.
House Schedule
Senate Schedule

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 8/24–8/25
Of Interest to the Legal Community

HB 6389 Criminal procedure; records; copies of presentence reports; require to be provided to certain individuals under certain circumstances. Amends sec. 14, ch. XI of 1927 PA 175 (MCL 771.14).

HB 6390 Corrections; other; confidentiality requirements for certain reports made by probation officers; revise. Amends sec. 29 of 1953 PA 232 (MCL 791.229).

HB 6405 Courts; probate court; provision regarding the election of a state presiding probate judge; eliminate. Repeals secs. 819 & 824 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.819 & 600.824).

SB 1469 Crime victims; restitution; restitution payments; amend priority of allocation to victim compensation. Amends secs. 16a, 44a & 76a of 1985 PA 87 (MCL 780.766a et seq.).

SB 1470 Crime victims; compensation; restitution payments; amend priority of allocation to victim compensation. Amends sec. 22, ch. XV of 1927 PA 175 (MCL 775.22).

SB 1471 Crime victims; restitution; restitution payments; amend priority of allocation to victim compensation. Amends sec. 29, ch. XIIA of 1939 PA 288 (MCL 712A.29).

SB 1472 Crime victims; other; distribution of excess revenue in the crime victim's rights fund; modify. Amends sec. 4 of 1989 PA 196 (MCL 780.904).

Of General Interest
HJR III Labor; public service employment; constitutional amendment for salary reduction for public employees and temporary pay freeze; provide for. Amends sec. 10, art. I, secs. 12 & 48, art. IV, sec. 23, art. V, secs. 3 & 18, art. VI, sec. 9, art. VII, secs. 5, 6 & 7, art. VIII & sec. 5, art. XI & adds sec. 8 to art. XI of the state constitution.

In the Hall of Justice
Nominations Open for Child Welfare Awards; Foster Care Review Board to Recognize Service to Abused and Neglected Children

At the Bar
Elder Law and Disability Rights Section Hosts Conference on Health Care Reform

State News
Wording OK'd for 2 Michigan Ballot Proposals
(Detroit Free Press, 8/23/10)

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