Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan

January 31, 2022
Volume 20, Issue 5

In the Capitol

2/1 House Judiciary, 9:00 a.m. MORE
HB 5679 (Rep. Graham Filler) Crime victims: other; definition of serious misdemeanor in the crime victims act; modify.
HB 5680 (Rep. Ken Borton) Civil procedure: other; certain public video recordings of court proceedings; allow the victims' faces to be blurred.
HB 5681 (Rep. Greg VanWoerkom) Crime victims: statements; victim impact statements; allow to be made remotely.
HB 5560 (Rep. Julie Rogers) Crime victims: other; information sharing by law enforcement of victim contact information with survivor programs; allow.

2/3 Senate Judiciary & Public Safety, 8:30 a.m. MORE
HB 4974 (Rep. Tenisha Yancey) Crime victims: rights; victim and witness privacy and safety act; modify.
HB 4798 (Rep. Graham Filler) Crime victims: rights; practice of redacting victim’s contact information; codify.

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.
SB 244 (Revised Judicature Act of 1961, Proof of Service) was reported out of House Judiciary without amendments on January 25th. It now moves onto the House floor for consideration.
SBM Position on SB 244: Support.

HB 5541 (Revised Judicature Act of 1961, Requirements for Admission to the Bar) passed the House on January 25th with a vote of 101 to 0. It has been referred to the Senate Committee on Judiciary & Public Safety.
SBM Position on HB 5541: Support.

HB 4195 (Of Divorce, Public Disclosure of Divorce Filings) was reported out of House Judiciary as substitute H-1. It now moves onto the House floor for consideration.
Family Law Section Position on HB 4195: Support with Recommended Amendments.

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

At the Bar

Peter Cunningham Named Next Executive Director of SBM
Peter Cunningham was selected as the sixth executive director of the State Bar of Michigan by the Board of Commissioners on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022.

SBM Awards 2022
Nominations are open for major State Bar awards. Deadline is February 14.

State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly Awards
Nominations are now being accepted for two State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly awards honoring attorneys for their outstanding achievements.

2022 Honor Roll Application & Pro Bono Service Reporting Survey Now Available
Applications are now being accepted for the 2022 Pro Bono Honor Roll for individual attorneys, solo practitioners, law firms, and corporations.

Links of Interest

SBM Public Policy Resource Center
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Michigan Supreme Court
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