Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan

March 13, 2023
Volume 21, Issue 11

In the Capitol

3/14 House Criminal Justice, 9:00 a.m. MORE
HB 4202 (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.
Presentation by Vera Institute of Justice.

3/14 Senate Housing and Human Services, 12:00 p.m. MORE
Agenda Items of Interest:
SB 137 (Sen. John Damoose) Children: guardians; guardians of tribal children; allow access to guardian funds.
SB 138 (Sen. Jeff Irwin) Children: guardians; guardians of tribal children; allow access to guardian funds.

3/14 Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on LARA/DIFS, 1:30 p.m. MORE
Testimony from DIFS Director, Anita Fox regarding the FY 2023-24 Executive Budget Recommendation;
Testimony from the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission.

3/15 House Appropriations Subcommittee on Judiciary, 10:30 a.m. MORE
Presentation on Problem Solving Courts and the Swift and Sure Sanctions Probation Program.

3/16 House Appropriations Subcommittee on Corrections, 10:30 a.m. MORE
Discussion on Prisoner Education/Skilled Trades/Career Readiness Programs (including Vocational Villages).

3/16 House Economic Development and Small Business Subcommittee on Housing, 10:30 a.m. MORE
Presentation from Housing Attorney Jim Schaafsma with the Michigan Poverty Law Program.

Complete Committee Meeting List

At the Court

The Michigan Supreme Court will hold a public administrative hearing on Wednesday, March 22, 2023, via video conference (Zoom). The hearing will begin at 9:30 a.m. and end no later than 11:30 a.m. A livestream can be accessed on the Court’s YouTube channel. To reserve a place on the agenda, notify the Office of Administrative Counsel by e-mail at by Friday, March 17, 2023.


New MI-Resolve Family System Helps to Address Parenting Time Issues

Supreme Court to Hold Public Administrative Hearing March 22

Hon. Allie Greenleaf Maldonado to Be Sworn in as First Tribal Citizen on Court of Appeals

At the Bar


SBM Election Information
Nominating petitions for the 2023 State Bar of Michigan election will be available in the Michigan Bar Journal and posted on the State Bar website in March.

Links of Interest

SBM Public Policy Resource Center
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Michigan Supreme Court
Michigan Legislature
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