Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
December 12 –18, 2011
Volume 9 Issue 51

The Public Policy Update will not be published on December 26 and January 3. The Update will resume on January 9. The State Bar of Michigan offices will be closed December 23, 2011–January 2, 2012.

In the Capitol
The Michigan House and Senate have recessed until January 11, 2012.
View House Session Schedule
View Senate Session Schedule

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 12/13–12/15
View all bills introduced 12/13-12/15

Of Interest to the Legal Community
HB 5214 Criminal procedure; youthful trainees; eligibility criteria for youthful trainee program; modify. Amends sec. 11, ch. II of 1927 PA 175 (MCL 762.11).

SB 0880 Criminal procedure; youthful trainees; eligibility criteria for youthful trainee program; modify. Amends sec. 11, ch. II of 1927 PA 175 (MCL 762.11).

Of General Interest
HB 5221 Elections; registration; proof of United States citizenship when registering to vote; require. Amends sec. 509q of 1954 PA 116 (MCL 168.509q) & adds sec. 496a.

At the Bar
State Bar of Michigan Offices Will Be Closed Dec. 23, 2011–Jan. 2, 2012

Federal News
Public Defender Fight Hits Supreme Court
(News-Leaders.com, 12/14/11)

State News
Michigan Lawmakers OK Bill Trimming Court Sizes
(Mlive.com, 12/16/11)
See SBM Blog—Number of Trial Court Judges Going Down. Court of Appeals Judgeships? Up in the Air

Gov. Snyder OKs Bill to End Some Michigan Drivers' Fees
(Mlive.com, 12/14/11)

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