Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
August 31-September 6, 2009
Volume 7 Issue 36

FOCUS: State Bar of Michigan Annual Meeting Special Events
Register for Annual Meeting
Thursday, September 17, 3:00–5:00 p.m.
The Constitutional Right to Defense
During the State Bar of Michigan's Annual Meeting, Representative Bob Constan will lead a discussion on the current reform efforts in Michigan. Rep. Constan will be joined by a panel of legislative leaders, stakeholders, and experts who will discuss the fundamental Constitutional right to counsel in criminal proceedings during an open discussion about the current reform efforts being contemplated in Michigan and nationally. Panelists include:
Tracey Weaver Brame (invited), assistant professor, Thomas M. Cooley Law School and board member, Michigan Campaign for Justice
Frank Eaman, one of the counsel for the plaintiffs in Duncan v. Michigan and co-chair of the State Bar's Criminal Issues Initiative
Fred T. Friedman, chief public defender of Minnesota's Sixth District, former part-time public defender in private practice, and professor at the University of Minnesota
John Shea, criminal defense attorney
Dawn Van Hoek, deputy director, State Appellate Defender Office

Friday, September 18, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Criminal Law Section Annual Program: Specialty Courts
This year's annual program is offered on the heels of the Section's policy conference in June, where the issue of specialty courts, specifically those addressing the needs of the mentally ill, was discussed. Together with the assistance of the following distinguished panelists, the discussion will continue on the future of specialty courts in Michigan:
Patrick Bowler, retired judge, 61st District Court, Grand Rapids
Julie Creal, chief judge, 15th District Court, Ann Arbor
David Hoort, judge, 8th Circuit Court, Ionia
Marilyn Kelly, chief justice, Michigan Supreme Court, Detroit
David Leyton, Genesee County prosecuting attorney, Flint
James Neuhard, director, State Appellate Defender Office, Detroit
Criminal Law Section council members and Annual Program co-chairs, Erika Julien and Stephen Gobbo, will moderate the panel.

In the Capitol
Committee Meetings of Interest for the Week of 9/7
9/9 House Appropriations: Corrections
Agenda: Updates on Various Matters Pertaining to the Corrections Budget.

9/9 House Judiciary
Agenda: HB 5155 Require emergency room or urgent care clinic to offer victims of sexual assault emergency contraception; HB 5156 Expand prescription coverage to include certain contraceptives; HB 5157 Expand health care corporations prescription coverage to include certain contraceptives; HB 5158 Require crisis pregnancy organizations to obtain informed consent by pregnant women before providing services; HB 5159 Require coverage for infertility treatment if pregnancy-related benefits are provided; HB 5160 Require health care corporations coverage for infertility treatment if pregnancy-related benefits are provided; HB 5161 Require Pap smears to be covered in certain cases; HB 5162 Require Pap smears to be covered in certain cases; HB 5163 Provide for age appropriate, medically accurate, and objective sexuality education; HB 5164 Provide for requirement for a pharmacist to fill prescriptions without bias; HB 5165 Create emergency contraceptive education act; HCR 23 A concurrent resolution to urge the Department of Community Health to promote programs to identify and address inequities in the prevention, treatment, and research of diseases threatening the health of women; HR 118 A resolution to memorialize Congress to adopt legislation expressing the sense that national health care reform should ensure that the health care needs of women and of all individuals in the United States are met; HR 119 A resolution to express the sense of this legislative body that the state of Michigan should intensify its efforts to reduce the high rates of teen pregnancies; HR 120 A resolution to memorialize the Congress of the United States to enact the Prevention First Act to increase access to birth control to prevent unintended pregnancies and reduce the need for abortions; HB 5311 Delete sunset date special alternative incarceration program.

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 9/2
Of Interest to the Legal Community

HB 5310 Retirement; judges; health reimbursement account; establish.

HB 5314 Campaign finance; contributions and expenditures; expenditures by candidate committees to defend certain officials in criminal actions; prohibit.

HB 5315 Elections; candidates; eligibility criteria; prohibit a person who has outstanding criminal fines from filing for office.

Of General Interest
HB 5286 Controlled substances; forfeiture of property; procedure for demolition of certain seized properties; establish, and allow property to be donated to certain nonprofit and governmental organizations.

HB 5291 Employment security; benefits; unemployment eligibility for employee who loses a required license; clarify.

HB 5293 Public employees and officers; ethics; training requirements for pension fund trustees; establish.

HB 5296 Labor; other; information for employees regarding earned income tax credit; require employers to provide.

HB 5300 Income tax; credit; Michigan future credit; create, and provide funding.

HB 5301 Income tax; other; Michigan future trust fund act; create.

HB 5311 Corrections; alternatives; special alternative incarceration program; delete sunset date.

In the Hall of Justice
Volunteers Sought for Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center

At the Bar
The September issue of the Michigan Bar Journal is now available online.

Sections and Committees
The Real Property Law Section submitted a Public Policy position on Hendee v. Putnam Township, Michigan Supreme Court Case No.137446-7.

The Taxation Section submitted a Public Policy position recommending that the Tax Tribunal be modified.

Federal News
Justices Discuss a Changing Supreme Court
(Washington Post, 9/4/09)

State News
Mich. Court Asked to Require Campaign Disclosures
(Detroit News, 9/6/09)

Quick Approval Urged on Budget
(Lansing State Journal, 9/4/09)
See Related:
No Deals in State Budget Talks
(Detroit News, 9/4/09)
State Budget Talks Include Outsiders
(Detroit News, 9/4/09)
Groups Call for Higher Taxes to Fix Budget
(Lansing State Journal, 9/3/09)
State Lawmakers Hear Budget Ideas From Business Leaders
(Detroit News, 9/3/09)
Granholm Says Cuts Not Enough to Balance Budget
(Detroit News, 9/3/09)
Sen. Bishop: State Budget Negotiations are Encouraging
(Detroit Free Press, 9/3/09)
Lawmakers Still Divided on Budget, Dillon Says
(Lansing State Journal, 9/2/09)

Links of Interest
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