Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
November 10-16, 2008
Volume 6 Issue 46

In the Capitol
The Michigan House of Representatives and Senate are not scheduled to meet this week.

Complete Committee Meeting List

Legislation Introduced 11/12–11/13
Of Interest to the Legal Community

HB 6655 Courts; judges; judges eligible for assignment as visiting judges; include appointed judges with certain years of service.

HB 6659 Occupations; counselors; introduction of evidence regarding psychological evaluation or psychological test; prohibit in any judicial proceeding. TIE BAR WITH: HB 6660'08, HB 6661'08, HB 6662'08, HB 6663'08, HB 6664'08

HB 6660 Administrative procedure; rules; introduction of evidence regarding psychological evaluation or psychological test; prohibit in any administrative proceeding under certain circumstances. TIE BAR WITH: HB 6659'08, HB 6661'08, HB 6662'08, HB 6663'08, HB 6664'08

HB 6661 Occupations; counselors; disclosure of information regarding psychological test or psychological evaluation; revise public health code to prohibit as a privileged communication. TIE BAR WITH: HB 6659'08, HB 6660'08, HB 6662'08, HB 6663'08, HB 6664'08

HB 6662 Occupations; counselors; disclosure of information regarding psychological test or psychological evaluation; revise circuit court family counseling services act to prohibit as a privileged communication. TIE BAR WITH: HB 6659'08, HB 6660'08, HB 6661'08, HB 6663'08, HB 6664'08

HB 6663 Occupations; counselors; disclosure of information regarding psychological test or psychological evaluation; revise friend of the court act to prohibit as a privileged communication. TIE BAR WITH: HB 6659'08, HB 6660'08, HB 6661'08, HB 6662'08, HB 6664'08

HB 6664 Occupations; counselors; disclosure of information regarding psychological test or psychological evaluation; revise child protection law to prohibit as a privileged communication. TIE BAR WITH: HB 6659'08, HB 6660'08, HB 6661'08, HB 6662'08, HB 6663'08

Of General Interest
HB 6626 Criminal procedure; background check; reference to negligent homicide as part of criminal record check; eliminate. TIE BAR WITH: SB 1589'08

HB 6627 Criminal procedure; background check; requirements for background check for certain care providers; revise. TIE BAR WITH: SB 0104'07

HB 6628 Criminal procedure; background check; reference to negligent homicide as part of criminal record check; eliminate. TIE BAR WITH: SB 0104'07

HB 6624 Elections; candidates; candidate's name to appear on the general election ballot for more than 1 office; allow under certain circumstances.

HB 6656 Campaign finance; public funding; public financing of elections; create.

In the Hall of Justice
Michigan Supreme Court Justices Vote to Close Satellite Offices
(Free Press, 11/14/08)

Appointments
2008-01—Appointment of Chief Judge of the Third Judicial Circuit Court
Issued: November 13, 2008

At the Bar
Judicial Vacancy—55th District Court
Hon. Rosemarie E. Aquilina is vacating her seat on the 55th District Court. State Bar members interested in applying for the judgeship should submit an application by November 19, 2008.
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Judicial Vacancy—Lenawee County Probate Court
Hon. Margaret Noe is vacating her seat on the Lenawee County Probate Court. State Bar members interested in applying for the judgeship should submit an application by December 16, 2008.
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Judicial Vacancy—5th District Probate Court
Hon. William W. Carmody is vacating his seat on the 5th District Probate Court. State Bar members interested in applying for the judgeship should submit an application by December 16, 2008.
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Judicial Vacancy—3rd Circuit Court.
Hon. Diane M. Hathaway is vacating her seat on the 3rd Circuit Court. State Bar members interested in applying for the judgeship should submit an application by December 16, 2008.
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Michigan Bar Journal Wins National Luminary Award

Federal News
Court Weighs How Juries Should Hear Lab Evidence
(New York Times, 11/10/08)

State News
Economy Is Only Issue for Michigan Governor
(New York Times, 11/14/08)

Dems Want Early Voting, Other Changes
(Detroit News, 11/13/08)

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