Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
October 20–26, 2008
Volume 6 Issue 43

In the Capitol
The Michigan House of Representatives is tentatively scheduled to meet on October 29 at noon. The Michigan Senate will not meet this week.

Complete Committee Meeting List

At the Bar
Judicial Vacancy—District 1 Court of Appeals
Hon. Helene White is vacated her seat on the Court of Appeals. State Bar members interested in applying for the judgeship should submit an application by November 14, 2008.
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Judicial Vacancy—District 2 Court of Appeals
Hon. Michael Smolenski is vacating his seat on the Court of Appeals. State Bar members interested in applying for the judgeship should submit an application by November 14, 2008.
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Sections and Committees
The Animal Law Section submitted a Public Policy report stating its support and offering amendments to:
HB 4741 (Bieda) Family law; personal protection orders; prohibition against harming animals owned by petitioner; include in personal protection order. Amends sec. 2950 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.2950).
HB 4742 (Bieda) Crimes; domestic violence; penalties for killing or torturing animal in perpetration of domestic violence; increase. Amends sec. 50b of 1931 PA 328 (MCL 750.50b).

In the Hall of Justice
Appointments
2008-01—Appointment of Chief Judge of the 57th District Court (Allegan County)
Issued: October 21, 2008

2008-01—Appointment of Chief Judge of the 39th Circuit Court (Lenawee County)
Issued: October 21, 2008

State News
Proposed Prison System Changes Could Ease Taxes
(Detroit Free Press, 10/23/08)

Michigan Adds 328,000 New Voters to List
(Detroit Free Press, 10/23/08)

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