Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
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July 20, 2020
Volume 18, Issue 29

At the Capitol

7/22 Senate Families, Seniors, and Veterans, 8:00 a.m. MORE
HB 5248 Allow public release of redacted children's ombudsman's findings and recommendations;
HB 5249 Modify powers and duties of the children's ombudsman;
HB 5417 Allow a parent or guardian to execute a 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 liability for providing these measures;
Family Law Section Position on HB 5418: Oppose.
HB 5419 Authorize a guardian of a minor to execute a do-not-resuscitate order;
Family Law Section Position on HB 5419: Oppose.
HB 5289 Prohibit fee for certificate of stillbirth;
HB 5148 Modify persons authorized to advertise for, solicit, or recruit adoptive parents or guardians;
HB 5149 Modify exceptions to the prohibition of the transfer or acquisition of legal or physical custody of an individual;
HB 5443 Create kinship caregiver advisory council;
HB 5444 Create kinship caregiver navigator program.

7/22 House Judiciary, 8:30 a.m. MORE
SB 899 Provide immunity from civil or criminal liability during a declared emergency for certain health care workers.
Negligence Law Section Position on SB 899: Oppose.

7/22 Senate Oversight, 2:00 p.m. MORE
A presentation from the Michigan Department of Corrections on their response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

7/23 Senate Judiciary & Public Safety, 8:30 a.m. MORE
HB 5859 Create combined district for Huron and Sanilac Counties probate district court;
HB 5488 Extend sunset of certain permissible costs;
Criminal Law Section Position on HB 5488: Support.
SB 221 Revise structure of provisions in the estates and protected individuals code related to termination of a limited guardianship of a minor;
SB 681 Expand eligibility for record expungement of crimes committed when individual was a minor;
SB 682 Require juvenile records to be confidential.

7/23 Senate Oversight, 2:00 p.m. MORE
A presentation from the Michigan Department of Corrections on their response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the Court

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At the Bar

July 24 Board of Commissioners Public Policy Agenda
The SBM Board of Commissioners will be considering several public policy items at their July 24 meeting. The public policy agenda can be reviewed online. Members of the State Bar are invited to submit comments to the Board of Commissioners on any of the items on the agenda. All comments received before the meeting will be shared with the Board.

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