Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
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May 23, 2016
Volume 14, Issue 21

Due to technical difficulties, this week's Public Policy Update was not able to be sent out until today. Next week's Update will be sent on Tuesday, May 31, due to the holiday on Monday.

In the Capitol

Committee Meetings of Interest Next Week—Complete List

5/24 Senate Agriculture, 8:30 a.m. More
Agenda Item of Interest:
SB 403 Restrict methods of euthanizing animals to injection of certain commercially prepared solutions.
Animal Law Section Position: Support.

5/24 House Criminal Justice, 9:00 a.m. More
Agenda:
SB 858 Clarify revocation of paternity in cases where a child's birth is the result of criminal sexual conduct;
HB 5103 Create aggressive solicitation prohibition act;
HB 5104 Abolish begging in a public place as a disorderly person crime;
Testimony Only:
HB 5602 Increase penalties operating a motor vehicle without valid driver license and require police officers to take certain actions.

5/24 House Judiciary, 12:00 p.m. More
Agenda:
HB 5503 Preclude appellate review of certain court orders by probate court;
SBM Position on HB 5503: Support.
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.
SB 251 Create consent calendar for juveniles;
SBM Position on SB 251: Support with amendments that would provide for the inclusion of an attorney for the juvenile in the proceedings.

5/24 Senate Judiciary, 3:00 p.m. More
Agenda:
SB 976 Provide for crime of making a false report of an urgent and immediate threat;
HB 5078 Revise procedures for parole of prisoner who is determined to be medically frail;
Prisons & Corrections Section Position on HB 5078: Support.
HB 5079 Amend corrections code of 1953 to implement medically frail parole;
Prisons & Corrections Section Position on HB 5079: Support.
HB 5081 Provide for penalties for removal of a parolee from a facility who was placed there as a condition of his or her parole;
Prisons & Corrections Section Position on HB 5081: Oppose.
HB 5442 Provide for active shooter alert sent to residents through various modes of communication including on cellular telephones;
HB 5567 Provide for recovery of certain costs for prosecution for a false report of a public threat.

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced

Of Interest to the Legal Community

HB 5655 Housing; condominium; co-owner approval of budgets; provide for, and require LARA to provide investigative, enforcement, and dispute resolution services in conflicts between a co-owner and an association. Amends sec. 107 of 1978 PA 59 (MCL 559.207); adds sec. 70 & repeals sec. 139 of 1978 PA 59 (MCL 559.239).

Of General Interest

HB 5670 Crimes; animals; penalties for person engaged in cruel treatment of companion animal in presence of a child; provide for. Amends 1931 PA 328 (MCL 750.1 - 750.568) by adding sec. 141b.

SB 0974 Corrections; alternatives; definition of recidivism; provide for in the community corrections act. Amends sec. 2 of 1988 PA 511 (MCL 791.402).          

SB 0975 Criminal procedure; other; definition of recidivism; provide for in the code of criminal procedure. Amends sec. 1, ch. I of 1927 PA 175 (MCL 761.1).

SB 0976 Criminal procedure; sentencing guidelines; crime of making a false report of an urgent and immediate threat; provide for. Amends sec. 11b, ch. XVII of 1927 PA 175 (MCL 777.11b).

In the Hall of Justice

Problem-Solving Courts Cut Crime, Save Taxpayers Money, and Reduce Unemployment among Graduates, Says State Report

2016-01 - Appointments to the Michigan Tribal State Federal Judicial Forum
Issued: 5/18/16
Effective: 7/1/16

At the Bar

SBM Seeks Membership Survey Input from Attorneys

Darin Day Named SBM Director of Outreach and Constituent Development

Lawyer Trust Accounts Seminar Set for Tuesday, June 21


Links of Interest

SBM Public Policy Resource Center
Michigan Supreme Court
Michigan Legislature
MCL Search Engines