Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
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November 27, 2017
Volume 15, Issue 46

In the Capitol

11/28 House Law and Justice, 9:00 a.m. MORE
Agenda:
HB 5216 Eliminate list of prisoner actions dismissed as frivolous;
HB 5222 Provide for requirement for health warning labels on marihuana products sold in Michigan;
HB 5234 Allow medical probation based on physical or mental incapacity and compassionate release based on imminent death;
HB 5243 Modify procedure for requirement for psychological examination prior to parole hearing;
HB 5244 Implement time limitation on completion of examination to evaluate issue of incompetence to stand trial;
HB 5245 Allow transfer of prisoners for medical treatment under certain circumstances;
HB 5246 Modify process and expand certain resources for examination to evaluate issue of incompetence to stand trial;
SB 72 Modify parole eligibility for certain controlled substance offenders;
SB 73 Modify parole eligibility for certain controlled substance offenders;
SB 220 Amend sentencing guidelines for certain repeat drug offenses to reflect changes in public health code.

11/28 House Judiciary, 12:00 p.m. MORE
Agenda:
HB 4430 Restrict state assistance of federal government data collection;
SB 630 Revise driver license sanctions and reports to the secretary of state for certain violations;
SB 525 Modify reorganization of courts and number of judgeships;
HB 4838 Allow carrying of concealed weapons by retired law enforcement officers in no-carry zones;
HB 4298 Require electronic video recording of child interrogations in child protection cases;
Children’s Law Section Position on HB 4298: Support.
HB 4299 Allow consideration of videorecorded statements in certain proceedings;
Children’s Law Section Position on HB 4299: 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 on HB 4300: Support.
HB 5189 Limit number of grower licenses at a single location;
Presentation on the Arizona Planning Convention, Convention of the States, by Michigan Delegate Tom Llewellyn.

11/28 Senate Judiciary, 3:00 p.m. MORE
Agenda:
HB 4768 Provide for setting aside juvenile adjudication for completion of the Michigan youth challeNGe academy;
HB 4752 Revise, and remove sunset for fee ratio and reporting requirement;
HB 4821 Require appointment of the state or county public administrator as personal representative of a decedent's estate in a formal proceeding, and modify powers and duties of public administrators acting as personal representatives;
Probate & Estate Planning Section Position on HB 4821: Oppose with Recommended Amendments.
HB 4822 Require appointment of the state or county public administrator as personal representative of a decedent's estate in a formal proceeding, and modify powers and duties of public administrators acting as personal representatives.
Probate & Estate Planning Section Position on HB 4822: Oppose with Recommended Amendments.

11/29 Senate Natural Resources, 12:30 p.m. MORE
Agenda Item of Interest:
SB 653 Create permit appeal panel.

11/29 Senate Families, Seniors, and Human Services, 3:00 p.m. MORE
Agenda Item of Interest:
HB 4751 Clarify enforceability of prenuptial agreements.
Family Law Section Position on HB 4751: Oppose with Recommended Amendments.

Complete Committee Meeting List

In the Hall of Justice

Michigan Supreme Court Announces Cases for December 2017 Oral Arguments

Appointments
2017-01: Appointment of Chief Judge of the 9th Circuit Court and Kalamazoo County Probate Court
Issued: 11/21/17
Effective: 1/1/18

At the Bar

Proposed New Rule & Amendments—U.S. District Court

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.

View the draft proposal

Please email 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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