Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
September 14-20, 2009
Volume 7 Issue 38

In the Capitol
The Michigan House of Representatives will be in session on Tuesday, September 22 at 10:00 a.m. The Senate will be in session on Monday, September 21 at 10:00 a.m.
House Session Schedule
Senate Session Schedule

Committee Meetings of Interest for the Week of 9/21
9/22 Senate Conference Committee on Judiciary
Agenda: SB 249 Judiciary budget for fiscal year 2009-2010.

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 9/15–9/17
Of Interest to the Legal Community

HB 5371 Courts; other; certain court fees; exempt prosecuting attorneys from paying. Amends secs. 321 & 2529 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.321 & 600.2529).

HB 5382 Criminal procedure; other; fines, costs, restitution, assessments, and fees; allow to be collected in same manner as civil money judgment.

SB 0826 Corrections; alternatives; criteria for community corrections program eligibility; modify. Amends sec. 8 of 1988 PA 511 (MCL 791.408).

Of General Interest
HJR GG Sales tax; distribution; percentage of sales tax revenue to be used for assistance to local units; amend constitution to increase. Amends sec. 10, art. IX of the state constitution.

HB 5379 Appropriations; other; interim fiscal year appropriations for 2009-2010; provide for.

HB 5420 Income tax; income; deduction for the production of certain income and the indexing of personal exemption; provide for and suspend.

HB 5421 Sales tax; credits and deductions; collection fee reduction; provide for.

SB 0840 Use tax; rate; general amendments; provide for.

SB 0844 Sales tax; rate; general amendments; provide for.

In the Hall of Justice
Rozanne F. Sedler of Oak Park Appointed to Attorney Grievance Commission by Michigan Supreme Court

Michigan Supreme Court Announces Appointments to State Bar of Michigan's Board of Commissioners

Constitution Day Webcast with Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Marilyn Kelly is Resource for Elementary Students' Webcast and Curriculum Materials Available to Teachers

At the Bar
Casemaker Debuts at Annual Meeting

Toy Sworn in as SBM President

Johnson is the New SBM Representative Assembly Chair

FOCUS: The Board of Commissioners met on September 16, 2009, at which time the State Bar of Michigan adopted the following Public Policy positions by a unanimous vote.

HB 4422 Insurance; no-fault; premium discounts for good driving records; require. Amends 1956 PA 218 (MCL 500.100500.8302) by adding sec. 2110c.
SBM Position: Support.

HB 4640 Occupations; notaries public; requirement for record keeping of certain notarial acts; provide for. Amends sec. 25 of 2003 PA 238 (MCL 55.285).
SBM Position: Oppose.

State News
Budget Mess Adds to State's Black Eye
(Lansing State Journal, 9/21/09)

Top Lawmakers: Budget Action Coming Soon
(Detroit Free Press, 9/21/09)

Dillon: House May Have to Propose Tax Increases for State
(Detroit News, 9/21/09)

Nerves Fray as Budget Deadline Draws Near
(Lansing State Journal, 9/20/09)

State Gov't Shutdown a Hardship for Public
(Lansing State Journal, 9/19/09)

Lawmakers' Work to Resolve Budget Continues
(Detroit News, 9/19/09)

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