Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
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October 9, 2017
Volume 15, Issue 39

In the Capitol

10/10 House Law & Justice, 9:00 a.m. MORE
Agenda:
HB 4536 Require expunction of all information in arrest record when individual is wrongly accused under certain circumstances;
HB 4537 Require law enforcement information network (LEIN); promulgation of rules to effectuate expunction and destruction of all arrest record information from LEIN and other databases by C.J.I.S. under certain circumstances;
HB 4538 Eliminate certain exceptions for expunction and destruction of biometric data;
HB 4751 Clarify enforceability of prenuptial agreements;
Family Law Section: Oppose with Recommended Amendments.
SB 435 Require certification of drug treatment courts by the state court administrative office;
SBM Position: Support.
Criminal Law Section Position: Support.
SB 436 Amend the vehicle code to reflect certification of DWI/sobriety court by the state court administrative office;
SBM Position: Support.
Criminal Law Section Position: Support.
SB 437 Require certification of mental health courts by the state court administrative office;
SBM Position: Support.
Criminal Law Section Position: Support.
SB 438 Require certification of veterans courts by the state court administrative office;
SBM Position: Support.
Criminal Law Section Position: Support.
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.

10/10 House Judiciary, 12:00 p.m. MORE
Agenda:
SB 381 Modify service of notices to surety bonds;
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 471 Setting aside juvenile adjudication for completion of the Michigan Youth ChalleNGe Academy; provide for.
HB 4768 Setting aside juvenile adjudication for completion of the Michigan youth challeNGe academy; provide for.

10/10 Senate Judiciary, 3:00 p.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;
SB 607 Prohibit under certain circumstances sexual penetration or contact between clergy and certain members of congregation, and disallow consent as a defense;
SB 460 Provide additional penalties for delivery of controlled substance causing serious injury.

Complete Committee Meeting List

Legislation Introduced 10/3–10/5
Last week bills were introduced in the following areas of law:

In the Hall of Justice

The Michigan Supreme Court Will Hear the First Case of the 2017-2018 Term in the Old Supreme Court Courtroom at the Capitol on October 11; Additional Cases to be Heard at the Hall of Justice

Mental Health Courts Statewide Receive More Than $5.1 Million in Grants

At the Bar

Tips & Tools Seminar Set for November 7

Please Participate in 2017 Economics of Law Practice Survey

Civil Discovery Court Rule Review Committee Seeks Members' Input on Draft Proposal
For over a year, the State Bar of Michigan’s Civil Discovery Court Rule Review Special Committee, with the help of five subcommittees, has engaged in a detailed review of the civil discovery court rules in Michigan to evaluate ways to improve them. With a broad cross-section of lawyers, judges, and court administrators from across the state, the Committee has produced a draft report and set of proposed rules changes. Taken as a whole, this is an attempt to modernize our court rules, adopt best practices from other jurisdictions, and to improve the efficiency of the judicial system and access to justice by making discovery less onerous, more efficient and more targeted.
The Committee is seeking on this draft proposal from stakeholder groups and bar members to ensure that these proposed rules make effective improvements to efficiency in the discovery process and make our courts more accessible to all.

The draft proposal is available here.

Please e-mail your comments to civildiscovery@michbar.org by December 1, 2017.

The Committee will consider the feedback that it receives to revise its proposal; the Committee plans to submit the revised proposal to the Representative Assembly for consideration at its April 2018 meeting. Thank you in advance for your feedback.


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