Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
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September 12, 2016
Volume 14, Issue 37

In the Capitol

Committee Meetings of Interest This Week—Complete List

9/13 House Criminal Justice, 9:00 a.m. More
Agenda:
SB 332 Modify penalties for minor in possession (MIP);
SB 333 Provide for suspension of driver license after third minor in possession offense;
HB 5742 Eliminate sunset for .08 limit blood alcohol level requirement for certain alcohol-related driving violations;
HB 5743 Eliminate sunset for .08 limit blood alcohol level requirement for certain alcohol-related offenses;
HB 5842 Reestablish Michigan indigent criminal defense commission within the department of licensing and regulatory affairs;
HB 5843 Reestablish Michigan indigent criminal defense commission in the department of licensing and regulatory affairs;
HB 5844 Reestablish Michigan indigent criminal defense commission in the department of licensing and regulatory affairs;
HB 5845 Reestablish Michigan indigent criminal defense commission in the department of licensing and regulatory affairs;
HB 5846 Eliminate reference to autonomy and establish a salary and expenses structure;
HB 5602 Increase penalties for operating a motor vehicle without valid driver license and require police officers to take certain actions;
HB 5838 Prohibit knowingly selling or offering to sell travel services for the purpose of prostitution offense or human trafficking offense, and provide penalties;
HB 5839 Enact sentencing guidelines for crime of selling or offering to sell travel services for purpose of engaging in what would be prostitution or human trafficking if it occurred in this state.

9/13 House Judiciary, 12:00 p.m. More
Agenda:
HB 4170 Exclude veteran disability compensation from marital estate;
Family Law Section Position on HB 4170: Oppose.
HB 4561 Increase juror compensation;
SBM Position on HB 4561: Support with amendment that would allow local courts to compensate at a higher rate, and support only if adequate funds are available in the Juror Compensation Fund to cover the increased costs.
HB 5504 Modify limitations period under uniform fraudulent transfer act for action relating to qualified dispositions in trust act;
Probate & Estate Planning Section Position on HB 5504: Support.
HB 5522 Eliminate sunset for fee for publication of legal notice for annual increases for inflation;
HB 5727 Provide for increase in juror compensation;
SB 566 Provide for immunity from liability for damages of forcible entry into a motor vehicle for purpose of rescuing a minor or animal from vehicle;
SB 597 Enact qualified dispositions in trust act.

Legislation Introduced 9/6–9/8
Last week bills were introduced in the following areas of law:

In the Hall of Justice

86th District Court Succeeds in Reducing Crime, Making Communities Safer

Michigan Supreme Court Justice Brian Zahra Testifies in Support of Legislation to Help Military Spouses Practice Law

Michigan Supreme Court Public Administrative Hearing on September 14 Includes Amendments to Expand Videoconferencing

Michigan Legal Self-help Celebrates 4th Anniversary, Adds New Toolkits to Website, Sees Spike in Number of Visitors Accessing Information

Michigan Supreme Court Public Administrative Hearing
The Michigan Supreme Court will hold a public administrative hearing on Wednesday, September 14, 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 9:30 a.m. and adjourn no later than 11:30 a.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, September 12, 2016.
Complete Agenda

At the Bar

Criminal Law Section to Host Educational Program

Internet Searches Now Favored Method to Find a Lawyer

State Bar Representative Assembly Will Honor Three Award Winners

Ohio State Bar Association Joins Online Legal Marketplace

SBM to Honor 2016 Award Winners at Banquet

Appellate Practice Section to Host Panel Discussion

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