Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
September 7–12, 2010
Volume 8 Issue 37

FOCUS: Constitution Day, September 17, 2010
Constitution Day celebrates the 223rd anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution. View national events at the National Constitution Center.

In the Capitol
The Michigan House of Representatives will be in session at 10 a.m. September 14, 15, and 16. The Senate is in session at its regular time.
House Schedule
Senate Schedule

Committee Meetings of Interest for the Week of 9/13
9/14 Senate Judiciary
Agenda: SB 1223 Provide for legislative corrections ombudsman's access to prisoner health and mortality records; SB 1224 Allow disclosure of certain mortality and morbidity records of prisoners for certain purposes; HB 5958 Allow disclosure of certain mortality and morbidity records of prisoners for certain purposes; HB 5959 Provide for legislative corrections ombudsman's access to prisoner health and mortality records; HB 6038 Provide for penalties for possession, use, or sale of a chemically altered compound used for explicit purpose of getting high; HB 6226 Prohibit possession or use of certain substances that mimic effects of marihuana and provide penalties; HB 5473 Allow purchase and possession of pistol or merchandise by licensed dealer under certain circumstances; HB 5520 Allow purchase and possession of pistol by licensed dealer under certain circumstances.

9/14 Senate Commerce and Tourism
Agenda Item of Interest: SB 1455 Authorize conversion from LLC and into other forms of organization and make general revisions.

9/14 Senate Local, Urban, and State Affairs
Agenda Item of Interest: HB 4503 Allow affidavits to correct errors or omissions relating to previously recorded documents.
Real Property Law Section Position: Oppose

9/15 House Conference Committee on HB 5883
Agenda: HB 5883 Judiciary Budget for fiscal year 2010-2011.

9/15 House Families and Children's Services
Agenda Item of Interest: HB 4015 Allow access to certain adoption records unless a denial is on record.
Family Law Section Position: Oppose

9/15 House Judiciary
Agenda: HB 5797 Provide for implementation of section 29 of article IX of the state constitution, and repeal 1979 PA 101; HB 5799 Nullify delegation of legislative authority that violates constitutional prohibition against unfunded mandates under certain circumstances; HB 5800 Recommend revisions court rules addressing actions under sections 25 to 32 of article IX of the state constitution; HB 5801 Require the house and senate fiscal agencies to issue certain reports regarding section 29 of article IX of the state constitution; and any other business properly before this committee.
SBM Position on HB 5800: Oppose

9/15 House Tax Policy
Agenda: HB 6422 Create tax amnesty program.

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 9/7–9/8
Of General Interest

HB 6422 Taxation; other; amnesty program; create. Amends sec. 31 of 1941 PA 122 (MCL 205.31).

In the Hall of Justice
The Michigan Supreme Court will hold a public administrative hearing on this Wednesday, September 15, 2010, at the Michigan Hall of Justice, 925 W. Ottawa Street, Lansing, Michigan 48915 beginning at 9:30 a.m. To reserve a place on the agenda, please notify the Office of the Clerk of the Court in writing at P.O. Box 30052, Lansing, Michigan 48909, or by e-mail at MSC_clerk@courts.mi.gov today.

A public administrative conference will follow.

CORRECTION: Please note that in last week's Public Policy Update, the Elder Law and Disability Rights Section was incorrectly listed as having a Public Policy position on 2009-19—Proposed Amendments of Rules 6.425, 6.502, 7.204, and 7.205 of the Michigan Court Rules. The Section does not have a position on this item.

Federal News
Budget Woes Hit Defense Lawyers for the Indigent
(New York Times, 9/9/10)

State News
2011 Budget Pits States vs. Locals
(Detroit News, 9/13/10)
See Also:
Retirement Plan Part of Michigan State Budget Deal
(Lansing State Journal, 9/9/10)
Michigan Leaders Agree on Outlines of Budget Plan
(Detroit Free Press, 9/7/10)

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