Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan

February 14, 2022
Volume 20, Issue 7

In the Capitol

2/15 House Judiciary, 9:00 a.m. MORE
HB 4078 (Rep. Beau LaFave) Weapons: firearms; transportation of firearm in off-road vehicle; allow under certain circumstances.
HB 4173 (Rep. Kara Hope) Criminal procedure: other; authority of counties to offer reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction; increase maximum reward.
HB 5566 (Rep. Pat Outman) Civil procedure: evictions; late payment fees; allow limited fees to be awarded in summary proceedings.
HB 5588 (Rep. TC Clements) Animals: dogs; provision related to tattooing of certain dogs under the dog law of 1919; repeal.
HB 5589 (Rep. Ranjeev Puri) Animals: dogs; provision related to tattooing of dangerous dogs; repeal.
HB 5665 (Rep. Thomas Albert) Law enforcement: funds; allowable uses for fee revenue related to salvage vehicle inspection; modify.
HB 5694 (Rep. Pauline Wendzel) Weapons: other; definition of self-defense spray; expand to allow to be dispensed through a cartridge or projectile.

2/15 House Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government, 10:30 a.m. MORE
House Fiscal Agency overview of the General Government FY 2022-23 Executive Recommended budget;
Michigan Department of Civil Rights presentation on FY 2022-23 Executive Recommended budget and department update.

2/15 House Appropriations Subcommittee on Judiciary, 12:00 p.m. MORE
Overview of the FY 2022-23 Judiciary Budget Request -- Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack, Michigan Supreme Court;
Overview of the FY 2022-23 Court of Appeals Budget Request -- Chief Judge Elizabeth L. Gleicher, Michigan Court of Appeals.

2/16 House Appropriations Subcommittee on Corrections, 10:30 a.m. MORE
Presentation by the Department of Corrections on the FY 2023 Executive Budget Recommendation.

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 4195 (Of Divorce, Public Disclosure of Divorce Filings) was read a second time on the House floor and substitute H-1 was adopted and amended on February 10th.
Family Law Section Position on HB 4195: Support with Recommended Amendments.

HB 4256 (The Michigan Penal Code, Public Accommodations for Service Animals) was reported out of the Senate Committee on Regulatory Reform without amendment on February 9th. It now moves onto the Senate floor.
Animal Law Section Position on HB 4256: Support.

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

At the Court

Statement from Chief Justice Bridget M. McCormack regarding the Statewide Judicial Case Management System

Advisory Council Seeks Public Comments on Jail Reforms

At the Bar

New resource center offers attorneys tools to improve tech competency
Attorneys have a new resource to stay up to date on the latest tech skills they need to serve clients.

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

Judicial Vacancies—3rd Circuit, 36th District & 61st District
Applications must be submitted electronically and received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 18, 2022.

SBM’S Next Virtual Support Group Begins Feb. 9
These support groups offer an opportunity to connect with other attorneys in a small group to focus on your overall wellness.

Links of Interest

SBM Public Policy Resource Center
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Michigan Supreme Court
Michigan Legislature
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