Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
November 21–27, 2011
Volume 9 Issue 48

In the Capitol
The Michigan House has announced its schedule for early 2012.
2012 House Session Schedule

Committee Meetings of Interest for the Week of 11/28
11/29 House Redistricting and Elections
Agenda Item of Interest: Testimony and voting: HB 5160 Provide for redistricting of court of appeals.

11/29 Senate Judiciary
Agenda: SB 59 Eliminate concealed weapons licensing boards, and transfer powers to secretary of state; HB 4920 Provide authority to enact local ordinances with criminal penalties of not more than 180 days in jail; HB 4921 Provide authority to enact local ordinances with criminal penalties of not more than 180 days in jail; HB 4922 Provide authority to enact local ordinances with criminal penalties of not more than 180 days in jail; HB 4923 Provide authority to enact local ordinances with criminal penalties of not more than 180 days in jail; HB 4924 Provide authority to enact local ordinances with criminal penalties of not more than 180 days in jail; For Testimony Only: SB 779 Prohibit and provide penalties for altering a firearm or an imitation firearm; SB 780 Prohibit and provide penalties for brandishing of imitation firearms; SB 781 Enact sentencing guidelines for crime of altering a firearm or imitation firearm, and increase certain penalties; And any other business properly before the committee.

11/30 House Banking & Financial Service
Agenda: HB 4542 Modify mortgage modification negotiation procedures; HB 4543 Modify mortgage modification negotiation program procedures; HB 4544 Modify foreclosure redemption period for certain residential and nonfarm property; HB 5176 Revise redemption periods for mortgages foreclosed by advertisement.

12/1 House Judiciary: Please note the time change.
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 5074 Reduce in number certain district court judgeships; HB 5075 Reduce in number certain circuit court and 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 4601 Enact limits liability of successor corporation for asbestos claims; SB 535 Amend to reflect removal of certain definitions from crime victims services statute in the code of criminal procedure; SB 536 Extend victim assessments to all crimes; SB 537 Extend juvenile offender assessments to all misdemeanors; SB 538 Amend to reflect removal of certain definitions from crime victims services statute in the revised judicature act of 1961.

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

In the Hall of Justice
Daniel J. Wright of Grand Ledge Receives Lifetime Achievement Award for Service to Michigan Children

Michigan Adoption Day; 9th Annual Event Celebrates Adoptive Families and Children

The Michigan Supreme Court will hold a public administrative hearing on Wednesday, November 30, 2011. The hearing will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. To reserve a place on the agenda, please notify the Office of the Clerk of the Court in writing at P.O. Box 30052, Lansing, MI 48909, or by e-mail at MSC_clerk@courts.mi.gov, no later than November 28, 2011.

At the Bar
Full Report of SBM 2010 Economics of Law Practice Survey Now Available Online

The Probate & Estate Planning Section submitted Public Policy positions on the following items:
Support: HB 5154 Probate; trusts; uniform principal and income act; modify. Amends secs. 409 & 505 of 2004 PA 159 (MCL 555.809 & 555.905) & adds sec. 606.

Support in Principle: SB 777 Insurance; annuities; life insurance and annuity replacement regulation; enact. Amends 1956 PA 218 (MCL 500.100500.8302) by adding ch. 41C.

The Real Property Law Section submitted Public Policy positions on the following items:
Oppose: HB 4928 Property; other; affidavits to correct errors or omissions relating to previously recorded documents; allow. Amends 1915 PA 123 (MCL 565.451a565.453) by adding sec. 1d.

Oppose: SB 684 Property; other; affidavits to correct errors or omissions relating to previously recorded documents; allow. Amends 1915 PA 123 (MCL 565.451a565.453) by adding sec. 1d.

Federal News
Rating Shrink President's List for Judgeships
(New York Times, 11/22/11)

State News
Class and the Courts
(Michigan Radio, 11/21/11)

Links of Interest
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