Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
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March 9, 2020
Volume 18, Issue 10

In the Capitol

3/10 House Appropriations Subcommittee on Licensing & Regulatory Affairs and Insurance & Financial Services, 9:00 a.m. MORE
Presentation by the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs on the FY 2020-21 Executive Budget Recommendation.

3/10 House Judiciary, 9:00 a.m. MORE
HB 4313 Create pheasant stamp program;
HB 5286 Prohibit local government adopting or enforcing an ordinance more restrictive than state law related to knives;
HB 5338 Provide for forfeiture of Michigan public school employees' retirement benefits for individual convicted of criminal sexual conduct;
HB 5368 Establish transit police officers as law enforcement officers;
HB 5369 Modify motor vehicle code to provide for street cars;
HB 5417 Allow a parent or guardian to execute do-not-resuscitate order on behalf of a minor child;
Family Law Section Position on HB 5417: Oppose.
HB 5418 Create filing, storage, and notice rules regarding do-not-resuscitate orders and comfort or care plans and limitation of liabilityfor providing these measures;
Family Law Section Position on HB 5418: Oppose.
HB 5419 Authorize a guardian of a minor to execute do-not-resuscitate order;
Family Law Section Position on HB 5419: Oppose.
HB 5442 Increase compensation for district court judges.

3/10 House Appropriations Subcommittee on Judiciary, 3:00 p.m. MORE
Overview of the FY 2020-21 Judiciary Budget Request—Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack, Michigan Supreme Court;
Overview of the FY 2020-21 Court of Appeals Budget Request—Chief Judge Christopher M. Murray, Michigan Court of Appeals.

3/11 House Appropriations: Subcommittee on Corrections, 10:30 a.m. MORE
Department of Corrections Staffing Levels;
Department of Corrections Employee Wellness Programming and Funding.

Legislative Action Last Week:
Summary of legislative action on all bills that the State Bar or sections of the State Bar have taken positions on:
HB 4910 (Regulating the Prescription of Emotional Support Animals) was reported out of the House Committee on Judiciary as Substitute H-3 on 3/3. It now moves to the full House for consideration.
Animal Law Section Position on HB 4910: Oppose.

HB 4911 (Revised Judicature Act of 1961, Emotional Support Animals) was reported out of the House Committee on Judiciary on 3/3. It now moves to the full House for consideration.
Animal Law Section Position on HB 4911: Oppose.

Legislation Introduced 03/03–03/05
Last week bills were introduced in the following areas of law:

At the Court

The Michigan Supreme Court will hold a public administrative hearing on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at the Michigan Hall of Justice, 925 W. Ottawa Street, Lansing, Michigan 48915. The hearing will begin promptly at 11:00 a.m. and adjourn no later than 1:00 p.m.

Rule Amendments
ADM File No. 2018-02: Amendment of MCR 3.501
The amendment of MCR 3.501 establishes procedures for residual funds by adding a definition, clarifying that a settlement need not create residual funds, that a proposed settlement order provide for the disbursement of residual funds, and requiring that all unclaimed class action funds be disbursed to the Michigan State Bar Foundation to support activities and programs that promote access to the civil justice system for low income residents of Michigan. The amendment applies the new language to situations in which the court approves a proposed settlement.
Issued: 3/4/20
Effective: 5/1/20

ADM File No. 2018-23: Amendment of MCR 6.610
The amendment of MCR 6.610 allows discovery in misdemeanor proceedings in the district court by creating a structure similar to the federal rules (FR Crim P 16[b]) in which a defendant’s duty to provide certain discovery is triggered only if defense counsel first requests discovery from the prosecution, and the prosecution complies.
Issued: 3/4/20
Effective: 5/1/20

Court adopts rule change to promote efficiency, fairness, and justice

At the Bar

Michigan Indigent Defense Commission Vacancy

Attorneys Cautioned Against Improper Use of Social Security Programs

Jessica Chapman to Receive Animal Law Section’s Wanda Nash Award

Judicial Vacancy—Genesee County

Scams Targeting Attorneys Reported in Michigan

Links of Interest

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