Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
November 8–14, 2010
Volume 8 Issue 46

FOCUS: 2011-2012 Michigan Legislative Leadership Positions
The Michigan House of Representatives and Senate have elected their leadership for the 2011-2012 legislative term.

House of Representatives
Speaker of the House: James Bolger (R-Marshall)
House Majority Floor Leader: Jim Stamas (R-Midland)
Assistant Floor Leader: Lisa Posthumus Lyons (R-Alto)
Assistant Floor Leader: Jeff Farrington (R-Utica)
Speaker Pro Tempore: John Walsh (R-Livonia)
Associate Speaker Pro Tempore: Paul Opsommer (R-DeWitt)
Associate Speaker Pro Tempore: Margaret O'Brien (R-Portage)
Caucus Whip: Pete Lund (R-Shelby Twp.)
Caucus Chair: David Agema (R-Grandville)
Assistant Caucus Chair: Amanda Price (R-Holland)
House Minority Leader: Richard Hammel (D-Flushing)
House Minority Floor Leader: Kate Segal (D-Battle Creek)

Senate
Senate Majority Leader: Randy Richardville (R-Monroe)
Senate Majority Floor Leader: Arlan Meekhof (R-West Olive)
Senate Minority Leader: Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing)
Senate Minority Floor Leader: Tupac Hunter (D-Detroit)

In the Capitol
The Michigan House of Representatives and Senate are on recess until November 30.
House Session Schedule
Senate Session Schedule

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

In the Hall of Justice
The Michigan Supreme Court will hold a Public Administrative Conference on November 17, 2010.

At the Bar
Judicial Vacancy—Wayne County Probate
Hon. David J. Szymanski is vacating his seat at Wayne County Probate. State Bar members interested in applying for the judgeship should submit an application by November 22, 2010.
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Sections and Committees
The Alternative Dispute Resolution Section submitted a Public Policy position on the following items:
Oppose: HB 5527 Sales tax; other; sales tax on services; implement. Amends secs. 1, 2, 4, 4a, 4d, 4h, 4j, 4q, 4t, 4u, 4w, 5b, 6, 10, 16a, 19, 23 & 25 of 1933 PA 167 (MCL 205.51 et seq.) & adds sec. 4c.

Oppose: HB 5528 Use tax; other; application of use tax to certain services; provide for. Amends secs. 4 & 20 of 1937 PA 94 (MCL 205.94 & 205.110) & adds secs. 3g & 4b.

Oppose: HB 5529 Michigan business tax; surcharge; surcharge tax; repeal. Repeals sec. 281 of 2007 PA 36 (MCL 208.1281).

State News
Gov.-elect Snyder Will Face Early-Out Dilemma
(Lansing State Journal, 11/15/10)
See also:
4,755 Take Retirement Deal in Michigan
(Lansing State Journal, 11/10/10)

Michigan's 5 New U.S. Reps Set to Start
(Detroit News, 11/13/10)

Michigan's 'Tough Nerd' Faces Tougher Test
(Washington Times, 11/11/10)

Michigan Legislative Office Budget Cuts
(Detroit News, 11/11/10)

Links of Interest
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