Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
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May 8, 2017
Volume 15, Issue 19

In the Capitol

5/9 House Law & Justice, 9:00 a.m. MORE
Agenda:
HB 4332 Enhance penalties for crimes against animals, and make other revisions;
HB 4333 Enact and amend sentencing guidelines for crimes of animal cruelty.
Animal Law Section Position on HB 4332: Support.
Animal Law Section Position on HB 4333: Support.

5/9 House Judiciary, 12:00 p.m. MORE
Agenda:
Presentations on Child Custody;
HB 4575  Extend sunset for annual increases for inflation fee for publication of legal notice.

5/9 Senate Judiciary, 3:00 p.m. MORE
Agenda:
SB 341 Include veteran memorial tombstones and veteran cemetery markers in receiving and concealing stolen property;
SB 301 Require court to prohibit for a period ownership of animals by a person convicted of certain crimes against animals.

5/10 House Tax Policy, 10:30 a.m. MORE
Agenda Item of Interest:
HB 4412 Revise tribunal procedures, and provide other general amendments.
Taxation Section Position on HB 4412: Support.

5/10 House Judiciary, 2:30 p.m. MORE
Agenda:
HB 4416 Repeal certain provisions regarding weapons;
HB 4417 Update references to firearms in 1927 PA 372;
HB 4418 Update references to firearms in natural resources and environmental protection act;
HB 4419 Update to firearms in sentencing guidelines.

Complete Committee Meeting List

Legislative Action Last Week:
Summary of legislative action on all bills that the State Bar or sections of the State Bar have taken positions.
SB 143 (Judiciary Budget for 2017-2018) passed the Senate 37 to 0 on May 4.

HB 4209 and HB 4210 (Revised Judicature Act of 1961, Juror Compensation) passed the House unanimously on May 3.
SBM Position: Support.

Legislation Introduced 5/2–5/4
Last week bills were introduced in the following areas of law:

In the Hall of Justice

Michigan Supreme Court Public Administrative Hearing—May 17, 2017
The Michigan Supreme Court will hold a public administrative hearing on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, beginning at 9:30 a.m. To reserve a place on the agenda, please notify the Office of Administrative Counsel in writing at P.O. Box 30052, Lansing, MI 48909, or by e-mail at ADMcomment@courts.mi.gov no later than Monday, May 15, 2017.
The Agenda can be found online.

Report: More Jobs, Fewer Offenses among Graduates of Michigan Problem-Solving Courts

Statement from Chief Justice Stephen Markman Regarding Appointment of Justice Joan Larsen to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Judge Khalil, Justice Viviano, & Judge Mack to Honor New Redford Township Veterans Treatment Court Graduates

Michigan Company Chosen to Provide E-Filing and Electronic Document Management Services to Courts Statewide

At the Bar

State Bar Volunteer Service Application

Animal Law Section to Host Brunch and Award Presentation

Lawyer Trust Accounts Seminar Set for Tuesday, June 27 in Lansing

SBM Paralegal/Legal Assistant Section to Host Annual Day of Education


Links of Interest

SBM Public Policy Resource Center
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