November 1, 2021
Volume 19, Issue 44
At the Capitol
Senate Session Schedule
House Session Schedule
11/2 Senate Judiciary & Public Safety, 8:30 a.m. MORE
SB 654 (Sen. Jon C. Bumstead) Courts: reorganization; reorganization of fifty-first and twenty-seventh circuit court, and seventy-eighth and seventy-ninth district courts; provide for.
SB 694 (Sen. Jon C. Bumstead) Courts: judges; number of judgeships in certain circuit courts; increase by 1 effective January 1, 2023.
HB 5259 (Rep. Luke Meerman) Courts: judges; number of judges in Ottawa County; modify.
HB 4222 (Rep. Graham Filler) Courts: judges; procedure for certain circuit court judges to sit as judges of the court of claims; establish.
SBM Position on HB 4222: Support.
HB 4223 (Rep. David LaGrand) Courts: judges; procedure for certain circuit court judges to sit as judges of the court of claims; establish.
SBM Position on HB 4223: Support.
11/2 House Judiciary, 9:00 a.m. MORE
HB 4830 (Rep. Steven Johnson) Crimes: weapons; prohibition against sale, manufacture, or possession of brass knuckles, blackjacks, and clubs; eliminate.
HB 4699 (Rep. Laurie Pohutsky) Criminal procedure: defenses; defense to criminal sexual conduct charges based solely on mental incapacitation of the victim if the victim is the actor's spouse; repeal.
HB 4898 (Rep. Graham Filler) Probate: other; general amendments to the estates and protected individuals code; provide for.
HB 4899 (Rep. Graham Filler) Vehicles: title; transfer of ownership of vehicle to surviving spouse or heir after owner's death; modify maximum value and adjust for cost of living.
HB 4900 (Rep. Kyra Bolden) Probate: other; uniform transfers to minors act; modify amount of transfer allowed.
HB 4901 (Rep. Kyra Bolden) Watercraft: other; watercraft eligible for issuance of certificate of title transferring deceased owner's interest; increase maximum value of, subject to Consumer Price Index.
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.
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 4703 (The Michigan Penal Code, Care & Treatment of Forfeited Animals) was reported out of House Judiciary as substitute H-1 on 10/26.
Animal Law Section Position on HB 4703: Support.
HB 4704 (The Michigan Penal Code, Care & Treatment of Forfeited Animals) was reported out of House Judiciary as substitute H-1 on 10/26.
Animal Law Section Position on HB 4704: Support.
At the Court
ADM File No. 2021-01: Appointment of Chief Judge of the 23rd District Court
ADM File No. 2021-45: Amendment of MCR 7.306
The amendment of MCR 7.306 creates procedure specific to original actions relating to cases filed involving the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission.
Comment Period Expires: 2/1/22
Supreme Court Shifts November Oral Arguments to Zoom
Supreme Court Announces November Oral Argument Schedule
At the Bar
Judicial Vacancies—Lansing & Muskegon County
Applications must be submitted electronically and received by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 18, 2021.
Judicial Vacancy—Court of Appeals, 1st District
Applications must be submitted electronically and received by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 16, 2021.
Prisons report attorneys unknowingly providing drugs to inmates
Attorneys are being warned to not provide original documents to incarcerated clients after several reports of lawyers unknowingly providing drugs through tainted papers.
To promote health and safety through social distancing, the Michigan Department of Treasury will be practicing vehicle waiting for those filing writs of garnishment on Nov. 1.
Links of Interest
SBM Public Policy Resource Center
Michigan Supreme Court
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