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March 7, 2016
Volume 14, Issue 10

In the Capitol

Committee Meetings of Interest This Week—Complete List

3/8 Senate Local Government, 12:30 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.

3/9 Senate Appropriations: Judiciary, 9:00 a.m. More
Agenda:
Deputy Solicitor General Eric Restuccia and Chief of the Criminal Appellate Division Laura Moody, from the Attorney General's office, to discuss juvenile lifer resentencing;
KC Steckelberg, Director of Public Affairs Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan, along with Mike Wendling and David Leyton, to discuss juvenile lifer resentencing.

3/9 House Appropriations: Judiciary, 12:00 p.m. More
Agenda:
Overview of the FY 2016-17 Budget Request for the Michigan State Appellate Defender Office and Michigan Appellate Assigned Counsel System--Dawn Van Hoek, Director;
Overview of the FY 2016-17 Budget Request for the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission--Jonathan Sacks, Executive Director.

3/10 House Appropriations: Corrections, 10:30 a.m. More
Department of Corrections Presentations: Vocational Education—Vocational Village; Field Operations—Parole and Probation Services.

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 4436 (Michigan Vehicle Code, Restricted Driving Privileges) passed the House on 3/1, 105 to 0.

SB 408 (Probate Code of 1939, Truancy and Chronic Absenteeism) was referred to Senate Committee on Families, Seniors, and Human Services.

SB 471 (Revised Judicature Act of 1961, 67th District, 4th Division Jurisdiction) passed the House on 3/1, 105 to 0.

SB 551 (Estates & Protected Individuals Code) was referred out of House Judiciary with substitute H-1 on 3/1.

Legislation Introduced

Of General Interest

HB 5419 Law enforcement; other; surveillance technology act; enact. Creates new act.

HB 5420 Crimes; penalties; crime of fourth degree vulnerable adult abuse; revise. Amends sec. 145n of 1931 PA 328 (MCL 750.145n).

HB 5421 Retirement; health benefits; management of certain health care trust funds; modify. Amends sec. 2 of 1999 PA 149 (MCL 38.1212) & adds secs. 4a, 4b & 4c.

HB 5422 Crimes; penalties; crime of fourth degree vulnerable adult abuse; revise. Amends sec. 145n of 1931 PA 328 (MCL 750.145n).

HB 5424 Cities; home rule; detachment to a charter township; exempt under certain circumstances. Amends secs. 6 & 9b of 1909 PA 279 (MCL 117.6 & 117.9b).

SB 0827 Administrative procedure; rules; environmental rules; establish a special review committee. Amends secs. 33, 39a, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45 & 47 of 1969 PA 306 (MCL 24.233 et seq.) & adds secs. 65 & 66.

SB 0843 Consumer credit; other; credit services protection act; modify certain definitions. Amends secs. 2 & 3 of 1994 PA 160 (MCL 445.1822 & 445.1823) & adds sec. 3a.

In the Hall of Justice

Law School for Journalists Scheduled for March 18

Michigan Supreme Court oral arguments scheduled for March 9–10

Report Highlights Commitment to Improving Service to the Public

At the Bar

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SBM Hosts Second Annual Brunch for Bars


Links of Interest

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