Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
November 16 –22, 2009
Volume 7 Issue 47

FOCUS: Attorney General Eric Holder Comments on Public Defense in Michigan
Attorney General Eric Holder was the recipient of Brennan Center Legacy Award on Monday, November 16, 2009. At the awards dinner, he offered his thoughts on indigent defense and the public defense system in the United States.
See also:
U.S. Attorney General Holder Points to Michigan as Example of Failed Indigent Defense System
(The Michigan Messenger, 11/18/09)

In the Capitol
The Michigan House of Representatives and Senate will not be in session this week. Both chambers will return on Tuesday, December 1st.
House Session Schedule
Senate Session Schedule

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 11/18

Of General Interest
HB 5604Taxation; excise taxes; entertainment tax; provide for, and earmark to history, arts, and libraries. Creates new act.

In the Hall of Justice
Michigan Adoption Day to Be Held Nov. 24; State's Celebration of Adoptive Families Now in Seventh Year

At the Bar
FOCUS:The Board of Commissioners met on November 19, 2009 at which time the State Bar of Michigan adopted the following Public Policy positions by a unanimous vote.

HB 5176 State; identification cards; forms of identification necessary to apply for a state identification card; include corrections identification card and allow access to certain department of corrections data. Amends sec. 1 of 1972 PA 222 (MCL 28.291).
HB 5177 Corrections; prisoners; certain prisoner reentry programs, including issuance of identification card and copies of other identifying documents; require, and require prisoners to obtain certain records. Amends secs. 35, 37 & 67 of 1953 PA 232 (MCL 791.235 et seq.) & adds sec. 34b.
HB 5178 Traffic control; driver license; forms of identification necessary to apply for driver license; include corrections identification card. Amends sec. 307 of 1949 PA 300 (MCL 257.307).
HB 5179 Criminal procedure; sentencing; certain records necessary to obtain identification documents; assist convicted persons in obtaining. Amends sec. 14, ch. XI of 1927 PA 175 (MCL 771.14).
SBM Position: Support

HB 5318 Criminal procedure; other; penalties, fines, or costs; allow to be collected in same manner as civil money judgment. Amends sec. 4805 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.4805).
SBM Position: Support

SB 0719 Courts; records; use of electronic seals on court documents; allow. Amends sec. 2 of 1895 PA 198 (MCL 565.232).
SB 0720 Courts; records; definition of "seal"; expand to include the use of electronic seals on court documents. Amends sec. 3n of 1846 RS 1 (MCL 8.3n).
SBM Position: Support

Sections and Committees
The Appellate Practice Section submitted a Public Policy report on 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).

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