Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan

April 11, 2022
Volume 20, Issue 15

In the Capitol

4/12 House Judiciary, 9:00 a.m. MORE
HB 5749 (Rep. Andrew Fink) Courts: district court; compensation for district court judges; increase.
HB 5968 (Rep. Mary Whiteford) Controlled substances: opioids; Michigan opioid healing and recovery fund; create.
HB 5969 (Rep. Mary Whiteford) Controlled substances: opioids; opioid advisory commission; create.
HB 5970 (Rep. Christine Morse) Civil procedure: civil actions; civil lawsuits related to opioids; prohibit.

4/12 House Appropriations Subcommittee on Judiciary, 12:00 p.m. MORE
Report House Substitute for HB 5787 – FY 2022-23 Appropriations Bill for Judiciary.
SBM Position: SBM supports the Executive Budget Recommendation for the Department of the Judiciary for the 2022-2023 Fiscal Year.

4/13 House Appropriations Subcommittee on Licensing & Regulatory Affairs and Insurance & Financial Services, 9:00 a.m. MORE
Agenda Item of Interest:
House Bill 5792: FY 2022-23 Appropriations for the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.
SBM Position: SBM supports the Executive Budget Recommendation for the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission for the 2022-2023 Fiscal Year.

4/14 Senate Judiciary & Public Safety, 8:30 a.m. MORE
HB 4243 (Rep. Julie Alexander) Crimes: controlled substances; crime of manufacturing, delivering, or possession of with intent to deliver heroin or fentanyl; modify to reflect changes in sentencing guidelines.

HB 4244 (Rep. Sarah Anthony) Crimes: controlled substances; sentencing guidelines for delivering, manufacturing, or possessing with intent to deliver heroin or fentanyl; amend.

HB 4245 (Rep. David LaGrand) Criminal procedure: probation; probation for certain major controlled substances offenses; allow.

Complete Committee Meeting List

At the Court

It’s Official: Michigan Adopts Uniform Bar Exam

At the Bar

The Board of Commissioners met on April 8, 2022 at which time the State Bar of Michigan adopted the following public policy positions:
HB 5512 (Calley) Medical marihuana: other; inconsistencies between the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act and certain parts of the revised judicature act of 1961 related to drug treatment courts; resolve in favor of the revised judicature act of 1961. Amends sec. 7 of 2008 IL 1 (MCL 333.26427).
SBM Position: Support.

HB 5676 (LaFave) Occupations: attorneys; small claims judgment collection on behalf of an awardee; allow for certain attorneys. Amends sec. 8409 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.8409).
SBM Position: Oppose.

HB 5681 (VanWoerkom) Crime victims: statements; victim impact statements; allow to be made remotely. Amends secs. 15, 43 & 75 of 1985 PA 87 (MCL 780.765 et seq.).
SBM Position: Support.

HB 5758 (Lightner) Probate: other; allowing electronic signing and witnessing of certain documents under certain conditions; eliminate sunset.
SBM Position: Support.

HB 5759 (Lightner) Occupations: notaries public; use of communication technology to perform electronic notarizations and remote electronic notarizations; modify and expand.
SBM Position: Support.

HB 5868 (Howell) Courts: drug court; eligibility criteria to drug treatment courts; modify. Amends sec. 1064 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.1064).
SBM Position: Support.

HB 5889 (Glenn) Civil procedure: evidence; consultations with human trafficking victims; provide confidentiality. Amends 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.101 - 600.9947) by adding sec. 2157c.
SBM Position: Oppose.

U.S. Dist. Court Eastern Dist.: Notice of Amendments to Local Rules
The Judges of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan approved for publication and comment amendments to local rules.

Judicial Vacancies—Kent & Wayne Counties
Applications must be submitted electronically and received by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, 2022.

U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear challenge against the SBM
The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to consider a case seeking to invalidate the role of the State Bar of Michigan in the state’s structure of regulating attorneys.

Links of Interest

SBM Public Policy Resource Center
Public Acts
Michigan Supreme Court
Michigan Legislature
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