Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
November 26-December 2, 2012
Volume 10 Issue 48

In the Capitol
Committee Meetings of Interest for the Week of 12/3
12/4 House Insurance
Agenda: SB 1293 Revise regulations applicable to nonprofit mutual disability insurer to accommodate merger with nonprofit health care corporation; SB 1294 Allow merger of corporation with a nonprofit mutual disability insurer, and provide procedures.
Elder Law & Disability Rights Section Position on SB 1293 and SB 1294: Oppose in current form; support of affordable Medigap plans, including legacy and subsidized plans, must be incorporated before reformation or conversion takes place.

12/4 House Families, Children, and Seniors
Agenda Items of Interest: SB 1240 Grant immunity for providing child social welfare programs; SB 467 Provide for regulation of annuity sales;
Negligence Law Section Position on SB 1240: Oppose.
Elder Law & Disability Rights Section Position on SB 467: Support.

12/4 Senate Judiciary
Agenda: **PLEASE NOTE TIME AND LOCATION** SB 1357 Enact sentencing guidelines for violations to certain work release regulations; HB 5282 Expand transportation of firearms for lawful purpose; HB 5600 Clarify eligibility set-aside convictions for juvenile adjudications; HB 4591 Require compliance of no-carry zone by individuals licensed out of state; HB 4263 Modify requirement for lawful reentry by landlord; HB 5843 Create organized retail crime act; HB 4998 Make miscellaneous revisions to court procedures; HB 5692 Revise elements of crimes of certain arson violations and provide for increased penalties; HB 5693 Revise elements of crimes of certain arson violations and provide for increased penalties; HB 5694 Revise elements of crimes of certain arson violations and provide for increased penalties; HB 5695 Enact sentencing guidelines for certain arson violations; And any other business properly before the committee.
SBM Position on HB 5600: Support the Substitute.
SBM Position on HB 4998:
Oppose.
Civil Procedure & Courts Committee Position on HB 4998: Oppose.

12/5 Senate Judiciary
Agenda: **PLEASE NOTE DATE, TIME & LOCATION** HB 5055 Provide waiver for privilege for testimony in Michigan employment security commission proceedings under certain circumstances; HB 5076 Clarify challenging an approved budget; SB 1369 Allow option of community service in lieu of payment of driver responsibility fees in certain circumstances; HB 5682 Modify definition of eligible domestic relations order; And any other business properly before the committee.
SBM Position on HB 5076: Oppose.
Civil Procedure & Courts Committee Position on HB 5076: Oppose.
Family Law Section Position on HB 5682: Support.

12/5 House Banking & Financial Services
Agenda Items of Interest: SB 978 Allow trust decanting; SB 979 Modify personal property trust perpetuities act to account for decanted trusts; SB 980 Revise powers of appointment.
Probate & Estate Planning Section Position on SB 978–SB 980: Support in Principle

12/6 House Judiciary
Agenda: SB 1092 Provide judgment liens for foreclosure; SB 755 Amend reference to fourth degree criminal sexual conduct to reflect change; SB 596 Revise age of consent for sexual contact between school employee and student; SB 1214 Modify standard of review for parole board release decisions, and allow for attorney general intervention; SB 1307 Amend day parole act to require verification of school enrollment or employment of individual released from jail to attend school or for employment purposes and provide for conditions of release; SB 1126 Require electronic monitoring of certain participants in work release programs; SB 1127 Require verification of school enrollment or employment of individual placed on school or work release while on probation; SB 694 Provide for probate court jurisdiction to terminate parental rights of a parent who commits a criminal offense against a child; SB 1303 Provide for probate court jurisdiction to terminate parental rights of a parent who is or will be imprisoned for 2 or more years for offense against a child; SB 1141 Implement sanctions to probation violations; SB 1179 Allow certain fees collected by the state court of appeals to be used to implement the probation swift and sure sanctions act; SB 1313 Clarify child pornography discovery access and disclosure procedures; SB 1314 Prohibit copying or otherwise reproducing child sexually abusive material; SB 1211 Require victim notification of paroled prisoner escape, commutation, death, or parole board hearing.
Prisons & Corrections Section Position on SB 1214: Oppose and Amend.
Children's Law Section Position on SB 694: Oppose.

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

At the Bar
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State News
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Links of Interest
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