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February 29, 2016
Volume 14, Issue 09

In the Capitol

Committee Meetings of Interest This Week—Complete List

3/1 House Criminal Justice, 9:00 a.m. More
Agenda:
SB 508 Prohibit intentional posting of sexually explicit visual material of another person without consent;
SB 509 Provide for penalties for intentionally posting sexually explicit visual material of another person without consent.

3/1 House Judiciary, 12:00 p.m. More
Agenda:
HB 4045 Allow defraying of costs incurred by local unit of government in executing bench warrants;
HB 5024 Create impaired driving safety commission;
SB 551 Provide for designation of a funeral representative to make disposition arrangements for decedent.
Probate & Estate Planning Section Position on SB 551: Support with Recommended Amendments.

3/1 Senate Local Government, 1:00 p.m. More
Agenda Items of Interest:
For Testimony Only:
SB 630 Limit ability to collect judgments against municipalities by levying a tax or issuing bonds;
SB 631 Provide for payment of judgment against local unit of government by payment of collected taxes by local tax collecting unit.

3/1 Senate Judiciary, 3:00 p.m. More
Agenda:
SB 746 Provide for criminal penalties for child care licensing rule violation resulting in death of a child;
SB 747 Punish the crime of child care licensing rule violation resulting in death of a child as second degree child abuse;
HB 4187 Prohibit vandalizing, desecrating, or intentionally destroying certain public property on a highway, freeway, or interstate road, and provide penalties.

3/2 Criminal Justice Policy Commission, 9:00 a.m. More

3/2 Senate Appropriations: Judiciary, 9:00 a.m. More
Agenda:
Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert P. Young, Jr. to give an overview of the Governor's FY 2016-17 budget recommendation;
Court of Appeals Chief Judge Michael Talbot to discuss the Governor's FY 2016-17 budget recommendation;
Jessica Parks, Deputy Director of Trial Court Services to discuss medically assisted treatment in problem-solving courts.

3/2 House Appropriations: Judiciary, 12:00 p.m. More
Agenda:
Overview of the FY 2016-17 Judiciary Budget Request - Chief Justice Robert P. Young, Jr., Michigan Supreme Court;
Overview of the FY 2016-17 Court of Appeals Budget Request - Chief Judge Michael J. Talbot, Michigan Court of Appeals.

3/3 House Appropriations: Corrections, 10:30 a.m. More
Agenda:
Department of Corrections Overview of the FY 2016-17 Executive Budget Recommendation.

Legislative Action This Past Week:
Summary of legislative action on all bills that the State Bar or sections of the State Bar have taken positions.
HB 4321 (The Code of Criminal Procedure, Warrant Resident Consent Exception) was reported out of Senate Judiciary without amendment on 2/18.

HB 4436 (Michigan Vehicle Code, Restricted Driving Privileges) H-1 was adopted by the House on 2/24.

HB 4629 (Public Health Code, Forfeiture Proceedings) was reported out of House Committee on Oversight and Ethics with substitute H-1.

HB 4747 (Revised Judicature Act of 1961, Adverse Possession) was reported out of Senate Judiciary as substitute S-1 on 2/18.
Real Property Law Section Position: Support Proposed Amendments.

HB 4793 (Mental Health Code, Confidentiality of Filing Petitions for Involuntary Hospitalization) passed the House 106 to 0 and was referred to Senate Judiciary on 2/23.

SB 597 (A Bill Relating to Certain Trusts) and SB 598 (Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act) passed the Senate on 2/17.

Legislation Introduced

Of General Interest

SB 811 Family law; other; surrogate parenting act; repeal, and establish the gestational surrogate parentage act. Creates new act.

At the Bar

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Links of Interest

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