Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan

March 22, 2021
Volume 19, Issue 12

At the Capitol

3/23 House Judiciary, 9:00 a.m. MORE
HB 4118 (Rep. Ben Frederick) Law enforcement: records; corrections officers; subject to the law enforcement officer separation of service record act.
HB 4119 (Rep. Sarah Anthony) Corrections: employees; personnel record release under the Bullard-Plawecki employee right to know act; expand to include corrections officers in certain situations.
HB 4136 (Rep. Gregory Markkanen) Vehicles: snowmobiles; safety standards for snowmobiles; decriminalize.
HB 4138 (Rep. Julie Alexander) Vehicles: snowmobiles; improper display of registration decal; decriminalize.
HB 4184 (Rep. Amos O'Neal) Courts: district court; authority of district court magistrate; expand.
HB 4201 (Rep. Jack O'Malley) Transportation: school vehicles; penalties for entering a school bus without authorization or impeding or obstructing a school bus; create.
HB 4202 (Rep. Tyrone Carter) Transportation: school vehicles; school bus stop-arm cameras; allow, and provide civil sanctions for violations.
HB 4203 (Rep. Jewell Jones) Transportation: school vehicles; allowable painting of school buses; modify.
HB 4204 (Rep. Greg VanWoerkom) Transportation: school vehicles; school bus stop-arm cameras; allow.
HB 4447 (Rep. Sarah Lightner) Courts: judges; judges' salaries; make fully funded by state.

3/23 House Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government, 10:30 a.m. MORE
Agenda Item of Interest:
Testimony from:
The Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan, and Disability Network/Michigan.

3/24 Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Corrections & Judiciary, 11:30 a.m. MORE
Department of Corrections Population Projections;
Overview of the Medication-Assisted Treatment Reentry Pilot Program, Section 425.

3/24 Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government, 3:00 p.m. MORE
Presentation from the Department of Attorney General on the FY 2021-22 Executive Recommendation.
Presentation from the Prosecuting Attorneys Coordinating Council on the FY 2021-22 Executive Recommendation.

Legislative Action Last Week:
Summary of legislative action on all bills that the State Bar or sections of the State Bar have taken positions.
SB 0014 (The Michigan Penal Code, Jurisdiction) passed the Senate 20 to 15 on 3/18. It now moves onto the House Judiciary Committee.
SBM Position on SB 0014: Support.

SB 0015 (The Code of Criminal Procedure, Jurisdiction) was reported out of the Senate Judiciary & Public Safety Committee without amendment on 3/17.
SBM Position on SB 0015: Support.

Legislation Introduced
Recently, bills were introduced in the following areas of law:

At the Court

Public Administrative Hearing Scheduled
The Michigan Supreme Court has scheduled a public administrative hearing for Wednesday, March 24, 2021. The agenda is available here. This hearing will be held via Zoom videoconferencing and broadcast on the Court’s YouTube channel. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. and will end no later than 11:30 a.m.

Michigan Supreme Court Announces April 7–8, 2021, Oral Arguments Schedule

ADM File No. 2021-01: Assignment of Business Court Judge in the 3rd Circuit Court (Wayne County)
Issued: 3/18/21
Effective: Immediately

At the Bar

SBM Major Award Nominations Moved To 2022
Nominations for major State Bar of Michigan awards for 2021 are being moved to 2022 so that we can properly celebrate our 2020 award winners.

Links of Interest

SBM Public Policy Resource Center
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