Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
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May 16, 2016
Volume 14, Issue 20

In the Capitol

Committee Meetings of Interest Next Week—Complete List

5/17 House Criminal Justice, 9:00 a.m. More
Agenda:
Testimony Only:
SB 332 Modify penalties for minor in possession (MIP);
SB 333 Provide for suspension of driver license after third minor in possession offense;
HB 5649 Exempt from possession penalties in certain circumstances individuals possessing controlled substances and controlled substance analogues;
HB 5650 Exempt from use penalties in certain circumstances individuals using controlled substances and controlled substance analogues.

5/17 House Judiciary, 12:00 p.m. More
Agenda:
HB 4924 Modify fees and mileage allowed for service of process;
HB 5359 Amend cross-reference to reflect amendment of provisions relating to fees for service of process;
HB 5360 Increase service of process fees;
HB 5503 Preclude appellate review of certain court orders by probate court;
SBM Position on HB 5503: Support.
HB 5504 Modify limitations period under uniform fraudulent transfer act for action relating to qualified dispositions in trust act;
HB 5505 Enact qualified dispositions in trust act;
SB 597 Enact qualified dispositions in trust act;
SB 598 Modify limitations period under uniform fraudulent transfer act for action relating to qualified dispositions in trust act;
SB 632 Provide jurisdiction on appeals from orders and judgments of the probate court to the court of appeals;
SBM Position on SB 632: Support.
Probate & Estate Planning Position on SB 632: Support.
HJR GG Expand equal protection discrimination.

5/17 Senate Judiciary, 3:00 p.m. More
Agenda:
HB 5442 Provide for active shooter alert sent to residents through various modes of communication including on cellular telephones;
HB 5449 Provide for crime of making a false report of an urgent and immediate threat;
HB 5567 Provide for recovery of certain costs for prosecution for a false report of a public threat;
Testimony only:
SB 927 Prohibit and provide penalties for willfully accessing of motor vehicle electronic system to destroy, damage, impair, alter, or control the vehicle;
SB 928 Provide sentencing guidelines for crime of accessing motor vehicle electronic system to destroy, damage, impair, alter, or control the vehicle.

5/18 Senate Families, Seniors and Human Services, 3:00 p.m. More
Agenda Item of Interest:
HB 4022 Create foster child identification theft protection act.
Children's Law Section Position on HB 4022: Oppose.

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 5273 (Corrections Code of 1953, Veto Power for Successor Judges) passed the House 96 to 12 on May 12.
Prisons & Corrections Section Position: Support.

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced

Of General Interest

HB 5633 Traffic control; driver license; failure to appear in court for driving while license is suspended; revise penalties for certain first-time offenders and eliminate driver responsibility fee for certain first-time offenders. Amends secs. 303, 304, 625n, 732a, 904 & 904d of 1949 PA 300 (MCL 257.303 et seq.).

HB 5634 Traffic control; driver license; reference to numbered section of the Michigan vehicle code in the code of criminal procedure; modify. Amends sec. 36, ch. IX & sec. 12h, ch. XVII of 1927 PA 175 (MCL 769.36 & 777.12h).

HB 5636 Criminal procedure; warrants; electronic communication information; require warrant to obtain. Amends sec. 1 of 1966 PA 189 (MCL 780.651) & adds sec. 1a.

HB 5638 Probate; wills and estates; exempt property; allow decedent to exclude adult child by written instrument. Amends sec. 2404 of 1998 PA 386 (MCL 700.2404).

HB 5641 Civil procedure; personal protection orders; orders for transfer of wireless telephone numbers; allow issuance of. Amends 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.101 - 600.9947) by adding sec. 2950n.

HB 5642 Civil procedure; personal protection orders; wireless telephone providers; require to transfer numbers under court order. Amends 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.101 - 600.9947) by adding sec. 2950o.

HB 5649 Controlled substances; penalties; individuals possessing controlled substances and controlled substance analogues; exempt from possession penalties in certain circumstances. Amends sec. 7403 of 1978 PA 368 (MCL 333.7403).

HB 5650 Controlled substances; penalties; individuals using controlled substances and controlled substance analogues; exempt from use penalties in certain circumstances. Amends sec. 7404 of 1978 PA 368 (MCL 333.7404).

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Michigan Supreme Court to Hold Public Administrative Hearing May 18

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Michigan Supreme Court Public Administrative Hearing
The Michigan Supreme Court will hold a public administrative hearing on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, in the Supreme Court courtroom located on the sixth floor of the Michigan Hall of Justice, 925 W. Ottawa Street, Lansing, Michigan 48915.  The hearing will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. and adjourn no later than 2:30 p.m. Persons who wish to address the Court regarding matters on the agenda will be allotted three minutes each to present their views, after which the speakers may be questioned by the Justices. To reserve a place on the agenda, please notify the Office of Administrative Counsel in writing at P.O. Box 30052, Lansing, Michigan 48909, or by e-mail at ADMcomment@courts.mi.gov, no later than Monday, May 16, 2016.

Complete Agenda

At the Bar

Interview with a Lawyer Blog Writer

2016 Bar Admission Information & Ceremonies


Links of Interest

SBM Public Policy Resource Center
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