Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
October 31–November 6, 2011
Volume 9 Issue 45

In the Capitol
Session schedule: The Michigan House of Representatives and Senate will not hold session the weeks of November 14 and November 21.
House Session Schedule
Senate Session Schedule

Committee Meetings of Interest for the Week of 11/7
11/7 House Judiciary
Agenda: HB 5071 Reduce in number certain district court judgeships; HB 5072 Reduce in number certain district court judgeships; HB 5094 Reduce in number certain district court judgeships; HB 5095 Reduce in number certain circuit court and district court judgeships; HB 5101 Reduce in number certain trial court judgeships; HB 5106 Reduce in number certain circuit court and district court judgeships; HB 5108 Reduce in number probate court judgeships.

11/8 Senate Judiciary
Agenda: SB 768 Prohibit possession, manufacturing, or sale of an automated sales suppression device; SB 769 Enact sentencing guidelines for crime of selling or possessing automated sales suppression device, zapper, or phantom-ware; SB 698 Allow district judges, district court magistrates, and probate judges to perform marriages anywhere in the state; SB 699 Authorize and require fee charged by probate judge to perform marriages to be paid to probate court in county where ceremony is performed; SB 700 Authorize state court administrative office to set fee charged by district judges and magistrates to perform marriages and require fee to be paid to district court in the district where wedding is performed; SB 789 Provide temporary scheduling of controlled substance under certain circumstances; And any other business properly before the committee.

11/10 House Judiciary
Agenda: HB 5071 Reduce in number certain district court judgeships; HB 5072 Reduce in number certain district court judgeships; HB 5073 Reduce in number certain district court judgeships; HB 5093 Reduce in number certain probate court and district court judgeships; HB 5094 Reduce in number certain district court judgeships; HB 5095 Reduce in number certain circuit court and district court judgeships; HB 5101 Reduce in number certain trial court judgeships; HB 5102 Reduce in number circuit court judgeships, and reorganize certain circuits; HB 5103 Reduce district court judgeships, and reorganize certain district court districts; HB 5104 Reduce in number certain circuit court and district court judgeships; HB 5105 Reduce in number certain circuit court and district court judgeships; HB 5106 Reduce in number certain circuit court and district court judgeships; HB 5107 Reduce in number certain circuit court and district court judgeships; HB 5108 Reduce in number probate court judgeships; SB 416 Reduce in number circuit court and district court judges; HB 5074 Reduce in number certain district court judgeships; HB 5075 Reduce in number certain circuit court and district court judgeships; HB 4601 Enact limits for liability of successor corporation for asbestos claims.

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 11/1–11/3
View all bills introduced 11/1–11/3

At the Bar
The November 2011 issue of the Michigan Bar Journal is available online at www.michbar.org/journal.

Sections and Committees
The Prisons and Corrections Section submitted a Public Policy position on HB 4472 Corrections; parole; appointment of legal counsel for prisoner based upon appeal of parole by victim or prosecutor; prohibit under certain circumstances. Amends sec. 34 of 1953 PA 232 (MCL 791.234).

Federal News
Justices Weigh Judges' Duties to Assess Reliability of Eyewitness Testimony
(New York Times, 11/2/11)

Also see:
Supreme Court Reluctant to Create More Barriers to Witness Testimony
(Washington Post, 11/2/11)

State News
Life Sentences for Juveniles Draw U.S. Supreme Court Hearing
(Bloomberg Businessweek, 11/7/11)

Why Michigan Has More Juvenile Life Sentences Than Almost Any Other State
(Mlive.com, 11/6/11)

Schuette Defends Blind Man Suing Bar Association for Discrimination
(The Macomb Daily, 11/4/11)

Michigan Senate OKs Abuse Embezzlement Protections For Seniors
(Detroit News, 11/3/11)

State Senate OKs Anti-Bullying Proposal
(Lansing State Journal, 11/2/11)

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