Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan

September 13, 2021
Volume 19, Issue 37

At the Capitol

House Session Schedule
Senate Session Schedule

9/14 House Judiciary, 9:00 a.m. MORE
HB 4851 (Rep. Julie Alexander) Crimes: other; preventing reporting of crime; prohibit by use of position of authority.
HB 4852 (Rep. Sara Cambensy) Crimes: other; preventing reporting of certain alleged crimes to title IX coordinator by use of position of authority; prohibit.
HB 4854 (Rep. Julie Rogers) Children: protection; distribution of training package to individuals designated as mandatory reporters for child abuse or child neglect; require.
HB 4856 (Rep. Kyra Bolden) Civil rights: public records; identity of parties proceeding anonymously in civil actions alleging sexual misconduct; exempt from disclosure under freedom of information act.
HB 4798 (Rep. Graham Filler) Crime victims: rights; practice of redacting victim’s contact information; codify.
HB 4974 (Rep. Tenisha Yancey) Crime victims: rights; victim and witness privacy and safety act; modify.
HB 4887 (Rep. Mike Mueller) Juveniles: crimes; transportation of juvenile who commits a crime with an adult; clarify.

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.
The H-4 substitute of SB 408 (Revised Judicature Act of 1961, Procedure for Granting New Trial) has passed both the House and Senate and was presented to the Governor for her signature on September 9. It is now Public Act 83.

At the Court

Public Administrative Hearing Scheduled
The Michigan Supreme Court has scheduled a public administrative hearing for Wednesday, September 22, 2021. The agenda is available here. The hearing will be held via Zoom, beginning at 9:30 a.m. and will end no later than 11:30 a.m.
To reserve a spot on the agenda, please contact the Office of Administrative Counsel via email at by Friday, September 17, 2021.

Michigan Judiciary Launches Redesigned ‘One Court of Justice’ Website
The Michigan Supreme Court today launched the completely redesigned “One Court of Justice” website. With more than 10 million user visits each year, the site is a critical source of information to the public, the legal profession, and to the judiciary.

At the Bar

September 17 Board of Commissioners Public Policy Agenda
The SBM Board of Commissioners will be considering several public policy items at its September 17 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.

September 18 Representative Assembly Agenda
The Representative Assembly will be meeting on Saturday, September 18, 2021. The agenda is posted online. Members of the State Bar are invited to submit comments to Representative Assembly on the public policy items on the agenda, which are listed below:

Judicial Vacancy—Kalamazoo County
Applications must be submitted electronically and received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 24, 2021.

SBM Honors Former Michigan Attorney General Frank Kelley with a Video
Former Attorney General Frank Kelley has been named the 42nd Michigan Legal Milestone, an honor reserved for the most impactful people and events in Michigan legal history.

Links of Interest

SBM Public Policy Resource Center
Public Acts
Michigan Supreme Court
Michigan Legislature
MCL Search Engines