Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan

May 16, 2022
Volume 20, Issue 20

In the Capitol

5/17 Senate Judiciary & Public Safety, 8:30 a.m. MORE
HB 4799 (Rep. Graham Filler) Property: other; assignment of rents; enact the uniform assignment of rents act to provide for security interests in rents.
HB 4800 (Rep. Kyra Bolden) Civil procedure: other; action regarding assignment of rents; clarify that action does not constitute an action under the one-action rule.

5/17 House Judiciary, 9:00 a.m. MORE
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.
SB 14 (Sen. Dale W. Zorn) Criminal procedure: jurisdiction; venue for prosecution of delivery of a controlled substance causing death; modify.
SBM Position on SB 14: Support.
SB 15 (Sen. Dale W. Zorn) Criminal procedure: jurisdiction; jurisdiction for prosecution for delivery of controlled substance causing death; modify.
SBM Position on SB 15: Support.

Complete Committee Meeting List

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

At the Court

SCAO Names Veteran Court Analyst as New Region 6 Administrator

Supreme Court to Hold Public Administrative Hearing May 18

Public Administrative Hearing
On Wednesday, May 18, 2022, the Court will hold a virtual public administrative hearing via Zoom. A livestream will be on the Court’s YouTube channel. The agenda is available online.

Administrative Order
ADM File No. 2021-38: Amendment of Administrative Order No. 2022-1
Issued: 5/12/22
Effective: Immediately

Proposed Rule Amendments
ADM File No. 2002-37/2017-28: Amendments of MCR 1.109 and 8.119
The amendments of MCR 1.109 and MCR 8.119 aid in protecting personal identifying information included in Uniform Law Citations, proposed orders, and public documents filed with or submitted to the court.
Issued: 5/11/22
Effective: Immediately
Comment Period Expires: 9/1/22
ADM File No. 2022-06: Proposed Amendment of MCR 3.101
The proposed amendment of MCR 3.101 would allow writs of garnishment to be served electronically on the Department of Treasury, subject to current e-filing requirements and guidelines established by the Department of Treasury.
Issued: 5/11/22
Comment Period Expires: 9/1/22

ADM File No. 2021-24: Proposed Amendment of MRPC 5.5
The proposed amendment of Rule 5.5 of the Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct and its accompanying comment would clarify that lawyers may practice remotely in another jurisdiction while physically present in Michigan.  
Issued: 5/11/22
Comment Period Expires: 9/1/22

At the Bar

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.

Public Notice for Reappointment of Mag. Judge Anthony P. Patti
Public Notice for Reappointment of Incumbent Magistrate Judge Anthony P. Patti - Comments due June 27, 2022.

Links of Interest

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