Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
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May 15, 2017
Volume 15, Issue 20

In the Capitol

5/16 House Law & Justice, 9:00 a.m. MORE
Agenda:
HB 4302 Increase penalties on assault of court personnel;
HB 4303 Amend crime of assaulting a prosecuting attorney and other public officers;
HB 4304 Reflect increase in penalty for sentencing guidelines for crime of assaulting or obstructing certain officials that causes serious impairment;
HB 4463 Allow limited liability companies members and others with personal knowledge to represent in certain situations.
SBM Position on HB 4463: Oppose.
Real Property Law Section Position on HB 4463: Oppose.
Civil Procedure & Courts Committee Position on HB 4463: Oppose.
Justice Policy Initiative Position on HB 4463: Oppose.

5/16 House Judiciary, 12:00 p.m. MORE
Agenda:
HB 4575 Extend sunset for annual increases for inflation in fee for publication of legal notice;
SB 245 Allow spring-assisted knife;
Presentation on Child Custody.

5/16 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 firearms sentencing guidelines.

5/16 Senate Judiciary, 3:00 p.m. MORE
Agenda:
HB 4209 Increase juror compensation;
HB 4210 Provide for increase in juror compensation;
SB 349 Create campus free speech act;
SB 350 Add to school aid boilerplate the community college and university campus free expression provisions.
SBM Position on HB 4209 and HB 4210: Support.

5/17 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.

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.
HB 4288 (Uniform Interstate Family Support Act) was reported by the Committee of the Whole without Amendment on May 10th.

HB 4323 (Omnibus Budget Appropriations) was referred to the Senate Committee on Appropriations.

SB 333 (Types of Cases Heard by the Business Court) was reported by the Senate Judiciary Committee with Substitute S-1 on May 10th.

Legislation Introduced 5/9–5/11
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.

Court of Appeals Judge Brock A. Swartzle Investiture Scheduled May 18

The following is a statement from Chief Justice Stephen Markman regarding the appointment of Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Kurtis Wilder to the Michigan Supreme Court

At the Bar

Animal Law Section to Present 2017 Sadie Award

Real Property Law Section to Host Summer Conference

Use a Blog to Grow Your Small Firm Practice

2017 Bar Admission Information & Ceremonies

Two Judicial Vacancies—Lansing & Court of Appeals


Links of Interest

SBM Public Policy Resource Center
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Michigan Supreme Court
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