Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
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December 19, 2016
Volume 14, Issue 50

This is the final Public Policy Update of the year. The Update will resume on January 3. The State Bar of Michigan offices will be closed December 23, 2016–January 2, 2017.

In the Capitol

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 4353 (An Act to Regulate Animal Control Shelters, Allow Animal Shelters to Consider Prior Criminal History Before Adoption) passed the Senate 30 to 7 on 12/14 and Substitute S-4 was concurred in the House on 12/15.
Animal Law Section Position: Support.

HB 4355 (An Act to Regulate Animal Control Shelters, ICHAT Search by Animal Control Shelters) passed the Senate 31 to 6 on 12/14 and Substitute S-1 was concurred in the House on 12/15.
Animal Law Section Position: Support.

HB 4629 (Public Health Code, Requirement For Property Owner To Provide Cash Bond To Contest Forfeiture Proceedings And To Pay Costs And Expenses Of Forfeiture Proceedings Under Certain Circumstances) passed the Senate 29 to 8 on 12/14 and Substitute S-4 was concurred in the House on 12/15.

HB 4686 (An Act to Make Uniform the Liability of Municipal Corporations, Political Subdivisions, and the State) passed the Senate 22 to 15 on 12/14.
Negligence Law Section Position: Oppose.

HB 5288 (Revised Judicature Act of 1961, Licensed to Practice Law as a Military Spouse) passed the Senate 37 to 0 on 12/14.
SBM Position: Support.

HB 5289 (Revised Judicature Act of 1961, License to Practice Law for Military Spouse) passed the Senate 37 to 0 on 12/14.
SBM Position: Support.

HB 5409 (The Revised School Code, State Policy on Schoolwide Positive Intervention) passed the Senate 36 to 1 on 12/14.
Elder Law & Disability Rights Section Position: Support.

HB 5410 (The Revised School Code, State Policy Establishing a Schoolwide Positive Behavioral Intervention) passed the Senate 37 to 0 on 12/14.
Elder Law & Disability Rights Section Position: Support.

HB 5411 (The Revised School Code, State Policy on Schoolwide Positive Behavioral Intervention) passed the Senate 36 to 1 on 12/14.
Elder Law & Disability Rights Section Position: Support.

HB 5412 (The Revised School Code, State Policy on Schoolwide Positive Intervention) passed the Senate 36 to 1 on 12/14.
Elder Law & Disability Rights Section Position: Support.

HB 5413 (The Revised School Code, State Policy on Schoolwide Positive Intervention) passed the Senate 37 to 0 on 12/14.
Elder Law & Disability Rights Section Position: Support.

HB 5414 (The Revised School Code, State Policy on Schoolwide Positive Behavioral Intervention) passed the Senate 36 to 1 on 12/14.
Elder Law & Disability Rights Section Position: Support.

HB 5415 (The Revised School Code, State Policy on Schoolwide Positive Behavioral Intervention) passed the Senate 36 to 1 on 12/14.
Elder Law & Disability Rights Section Position: Support.

HB 5416 (The Revised School Code, State Policy on Schoolwide Positive Behavioral Intervention) passed the Senate 36 to 1 on 12/14.
Elder Law & Disability Rights Section Position: Support.

HB 5417 (The Revised School Code, State Policy on Schoolwide Positive Behavioral Intervention) passed the Senate 37 to 0 on 12/14.
Elder Law & Disability Rights Section Position: Support.

HB 5520 (Requirement that Judgment of Divorce Contain Provisions Regarding Wife's Dower Rights) passed the Senate 32 to 5 on 12/14.

HB 5815 (Corrections Code of 1953, Reentry Services) passed the Senate 37 to 0 on 12/14.
Prisons & Corrections Section Position: Support.

HB 5842 (Michigan Indigent Defense Commission Act, Department of Licensing & Regulatory Affairs) passed the Senate 37 to 0 on 12/14.
SBM Position: Support.
Criminal Jurisprudence & Practice Committee Position: Support.

HB 5843 (Michigan Indigent Defense Commission Act, Department of Licensing & Regulatory Affairs) passed the Senate 37 to 0 on 12/14.
SBM Position: Support.
Criminal Jurisprudence & Practice Committee Position: Support.

HB 5844 (Michigan Indigent Defense Commission Act, Department of Licensing & Regulatory Affairs) passed the Senate 37 to 0 on 12/14.
SBM Position: Support.
Criminal Jurisprudence & Practice Committee Position: Support.

HB 5845 (Michigan Indigent Defense Commission Act, Department of Licensing & Regulatory Affairs) passed the Senate 37 to 0 on 12/14.
SBM Position: Support.
Criminal Jurisprudence & Practice Committee Position: Support.

HB 5846 (Michigan Indigent Defense Commission Act, Reference to Autonomy) passed the Senate 37 to 0 on 12/14.
SBM Position: Support.
Criminal Jurisprudence & Practice Committee Position: Support.

SB 270 (Estates & Protected Individuals Code) passed the House 64 to 42 on 12/14.
Elder Law & Disability Rights Section Position: Support in Concept.
Probate & Estate Planning Section Position: Support in Concept.

SB 558 (Of Estates in Dower) passed the Senate 33 to 4 on 12/13.
Probate & Estate Planning Section Position: Support.
Real Property Law Section: Support.  

SB 1045 (Revised Judicature Act of 1961, Sunset on E-Filing Fee) passed the House 107 to 1 on 12/13.
SBM Position: Support.

SB 1104 (Revised Judicature Act of 1961, Damages for Medical Expenses) passed the House 60 to 48 on 12/13.
Negligence Law Section: Oppose with Recommended Amendments.

In the Hall of Justice

Michigan Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments January 10 and 11, 2017

2014-45—Proposed Adoption of Rule 5.731a of the Michigan Court Rules
On order of the Court, the Court declines to adopt proposed Rule 5.731a of the Michigan Court Rules, which was published for comment at 497 Mich 1224-1225 (2015), and an opportunity provided for comment in writing and at a public hearing. This administrative file is closed without further action.
Issued: 12/14/16
Effective: Immediately

2016-01—Appointment of Chief Judge of the Courts in Alcona, Arenac, Iosco, and Oscoda Counties
Issued: 12/14/16
Effective: Immediately

2016-14—Rescission of Administrative Order No. 1981-5 and Administrative Order No. 1992-3
Issued: 12/14/16
Effective: Immediately

2016-14—Amendments of MCR 2.614, 3.903, 3.923, 3.943, 3.955, 3.979, 5.140, 6.445, 7.203, 7.209, 7.312, 8.108, 9.122, and 9.126
Issued: 12/14/16
Effective: Immediately

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