Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
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September 11, 2017
Volume 15, Issue 35

In the Capitol

9/12 House Law & Justice, 9:00 a.m. MORE
Agenda:
HB 4606 Repeal provision related to transportation or possession of usable marihuana;
HB 4751 Clarify enforceability of prenuptial agreements;
HCR 11 A concurrent resolution to urge the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and federal prosecutors to either enforce the federal statute criminalizing marijuana or the U.S. Congress to amend the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 to defer to the states the right to regulate marijuana within its borders under state law.

9/12 House Judiciary, 12:00 p.m. MORE
Agenda:
HB 4298 Require electronic video recording of child interrogations in child protection cases;
Children’s Law Section Position: Support.
HB 4299 Allow consideration of videorecorded statements in certain proceedings;
Children’s Law Section Position: Support.
HB 4300 Allow videorecorded statements to be used in child protective services hearings, increase fines for improper release of, and require to be retained for certain period of time;
Children’s Law Section Position: Support.
HB 4500 Clarify scoring of offense variable 9 clarify that an embryo or fetus must be scored as a victim;
HB 4458 Modify penalty for failure to comply with certain licensing requirements.

9/12 Senate Judiciary, 3:00 p.m. MORE
Agenda:
SB 524 Provide for requirement by the Michigan commission on law enforcement standards for fingerprinting and background checks as prerequisite to certain law enforcement training academy;
SB 510 Revise abstract of court record for certain violations of the minor in possession of alcohol statute;
HB 4355 Modify exemption from prosecution of law enforcement officers from criminal prosecution for certain prostitution offenses committed while the officer is working.

9/13 House Appropriations: ASC Licensing and Regulatory Affairs and Insurance and Financial Services, Joint Meeting with Appropriations: Judiciary, 12:00 p.m. MORE
Agenda: Michigan Indigent Defense Commission.

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 435 (Revised Judicature Act of 1961, Certification of Drug Treatment Courts by SCAO ) was reported out of Senate Judiciary with Substitute S-1 on September 7.
SBM Position: Support.
Criminal Law Section Position: Support.

SB 436 (Michigan Vehicle Code, Certification of DWI/Sobriety Court by SCAO) was reported out of Senate Judiciary with amendments on September 7.
SBM Position: Support.
Criminal Law Section Position: Support.

SB 437 (Revised Judicature Act of 1961, Certification of Mental Health Courts by SCAO) was reported out of Senate Judiciary without amendments on September 7.
SBM Position: Support.
Criminal Law Section Position: Support.

SB 438 (Revised Judicature Act of 1961, Certification of Veterans Courts by SCAO) was reported out of Senate Judiciary without amendments on September 7.
SBM Position: Support.
Criminal Law Section Position: Support.

Legislation Introduced 9/6–9/7
Last week bills were introduced in the following areas of law:

In the Hall of Justice

State Court Administrator Milton L. Mack, Jr., Honored for Mental Health Advocacy

Michigan Supreme Court Public Administrative Hearing—September 20, 2017
The Michigan Supreme Court will hold a public administrative hearing on Wednesday, September 20, 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, September 18, 2017.
The Agenda can be found online.

At the Bar

SBM to Honor 2017 Award Winners at NEXT Conference

Two Judicial Vacancies—Court of Appeals & Wexford County

A Lawyer Helps: Here, There, and Everywhere


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