Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
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June 5, 2017
Volume 15, Issue 23

In the Capitol

6/6 House Law & Justice, 9:00 a.m. MORE
Agenda:
HB 4547 Eliminate sunset for .08 limit for blood alcohol level requirement for certain alcohol-related offenses;
HB 4548 Eliminate sunset for .08 limit for blood alcohol level requirement for certain alcohol-related driving violations;
HB 4636 Prohibit procedures of clitoridectomy, infibulation, or other female genital mutilation, and provide penalties;
HB 4637 Prohibit transporting person for purpose of performing genital mutilation;
HB 4638 Provide sentencing guidelines for crimes of performing female genital mutilation and of transporting a person for purpose of genital mutilation;
HB 4639 Provide for permanent revocation of occupational license or registration if convicted of female genital mutilation or transporting person for purpose of performing female genital mutilation under state law;
HB 4640 Require law enforcement training on female genital mutilation;
HB 4641 Extend statute of limitations for minor victims of female genital mutilation;
HB 4642 Provide for education and outreach program related to female genital mutilation;
HB 4661 Provide for cause of action for victims of clitoridectomy, infibulation, or other female genital mutilation;
HB 4690 Extend statute of limitations on female genital mutilation violations;
SB 337 Prohibit procedures of clitoridectomy, infibulation, or other female genital mutilation, and provide penalties;
SB 338 Provide sentencing guidelines for crime of performing clitoridectomy, infibulation, or other female genital mutilation;
SB 368 Provide for penalties for transporting for the purpose of female genital mutilation;
SB 369 Provide for sentencing guidelines for crimes of transporting female for purpose of female genital mutilation;
Presentation on Safe and Secure Rehabilitation.

6/6 House Judiciary, 12:00 p.m. MORE
Agenda:
SB 223 Require law enforcement to maintain record for separation of employment, and establish that agency is immune from civil liability;
SB 219 Modify application process for licensing;
HB 4312 Modify eligibility requirements for attorney licensed in another state to practice law in Michigan;
HB 4691 Mandate except in certain circumstances joint custody in every custody dispute between parents.

6/6 Senate Judiciary, 3:00 p.m. MORE
Agenda:
SB 413 Amend penalties for certain animal crimes;
SB 414 Amend sentencing guidelines for certain animal crimes;
SB 416 Allow adoption of certain seized animals used in fighting operations, and make other revisions;
HB 4065 Modify prohibition against the department of corrections hiring a formerly convicted felon.

6/7 Conference Committee Meeting – Judiciary, 12:00 p.m. MORE
Agenda:
HB 4233 Judiciary Budget for fiscal year 2017-2018.

6/7 Senate Families, Seniors, and Human Services, 3:00 p.m. MORE
Agenda Items of Interest:
SB 419 Modify considerations for returning child to custody of parent;
SB 420 Modify considerations for returning child to custody of parent;
SB 421 Modify considerations for returning child to custody of parent.

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 4209 Substitute S-1 and HB 4210 Substitute S-1 (Revised Judicature Act of 1961, Juror Compensation) passed the Senate 38 to 0 on May 30.
SBM Position on HB 4209 and HB 4210: Support as passed the House.
Criminal Law Section Position on HB 4209: Support.
Criminal Law Section Position on HB 4210: Oppose Substitute S-1.

HB 4233 (Judiciary Budget) was referred to the Conference Committee.

HB 4302 (The Michigan Penal Code, Assault of Court Personnel) passed the House 93 to 14 on May 30.

HB 4303 (The Michigan Penal Code, Crime of Assaulting a Prosecuting Attorney and Other Public Officers) passed the House 91 to 16 on May 30.

HB 4304 (The Code of Criminal Procedure, Sentencing Guidelines For Crime of Assaulting or Obstructing Certain Officials That Causes Serious Impairment) passed the House 90 to 17 on May 30.

HB 4463 (Revised Judicature Act of 1961, Allow Members of LLCs and Others with Personal Knowledge to Represent in Certain Situations) was reported out of the House Committee on Law & Justice as Substitute H-1 on May 30.
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.

HB 4575 (Revised Judicature Act of 1961, Fee for Publication of Legal Notice) passed the House 98 to 10 on May 31.

HB 4612 (The Code of Criminal Procedure, Certain Permissible Costs) passed the House 85 to 23 on May 31.

HB 4613 (A Bill to Create the Trial Court Funding Commission) passed the House 103 to 5 on May 31.

SB 333 (Types of Cases Heard by Business Courts) was reported out of House Committee on Judiciary without amendment on May 30.

Legislation Introduced 5/30–6/1
Last week bills were introduced in the following areas of law:

In the Hall of Justice

Rule Amendments
2014-25 – Amendment of MCR 7.316
The amendment of MCR 7.316 explicitly provides that the Supreme Court may order an appeal to mediation.
Issued: 5/31/17
Effective: 9/1/17

At the Bar

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June 9 Board of Commissioners Public Policy Agenda
The agenda is posted online. Members of the State Bar are invited to submit comments to Board of Commissioners on any of the items on the agenda. All comments received before the June 9 meeting will be shared with the Board.


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