Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan

March 20, 2023
Volume 21, Issue 12

In the Capitol

3/21 House Criminal Justice, 9:00 a.m. MORE
HB 4191 (Rep. Abraham Aiyash) Traffic control: driver license; program to provide driver license and state identification cards to parolees; provide for.
HB 4192 (Rep. Felicia Brabec) Corrections: other; program to provide driver license and state identification cards to parolees; provide for.
HB 4193 (Rep. Kimberly Edwards) State: identification cards; program to provide state identification cards to parolees; provide for.
HB 4194 (Rep. Mike McFall) State: identification cards; cross-reference to 1972 PA 222; update.
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 Attorney General Dana Nessel.

3/22 House Appropriations Subcommittee on Judiciary, 10:30 a.m. MORE
Presentation by Chief Judge Elizabeth L. Gleicher, Michigan Court of Appeals.

3/23 House Appropriations Subcommittee on Corrections, 10:30 a.m. MORE
Presentation by the Department of Corrections on Physical and Mental Health Care of Prisoners (Including Substance Use Disorder and Overdoses);
Presentation by the Department of Corrections on Staffing (Including Employee Wellness Programming).

Complete Committee Meeting List

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

At the Court

Supreme Court to Hold Public Administrative Hearing March 22
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.

Justice for All Commission Releases 2022 Annual Report

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

Declined to Adopt
ADM File No. 2013-17: Proposed Amendment of MCR 3.206
On order of the Court, the proposed amendment of Rule 3.206 of the Michigan Court Rules having been published for comment at 495 Mich 1227 (2014), and an opportunity having been provided for comment in writing and at a public hearing, the Court declines to adopt the proposed amendment. This administrative file is closed without further action.
Issued: 3/15/23
Effective: Immediately

Proposed Amendments
ADM File No. 2019-33: Proposed Rescission of Administrative Order No. 2021-7 and Proposed Adoption of the Michigan Continuing Judicial Education Rules
Pursuant to Administrative Order No. 2021-7, the Mandatory Continuing Judicial Education (MCJE) Board proposed a set of rules that would govern the MCJE program, and the Court has published them for comment. Many of the rules directly correlate with a provision in AO 2021-7, though there are some additions and differences between the AO and the proposed rules. The MCJE program is set to take effect on January 1, 2024.
Issued: 3/15/23
Comment Period Expires: 7/1/23

ADM File No. 2023-01: Appointment to the Committee on Model Civil Jury Instructions
Issued: 3/15/23
Effective: Immediately

ADM File No. 2023-01: Appointments to the Court Reporting and Recording Board of Review
Issued: 3/15/23
Effective: 4/1/23

ADM File No. 2023-01: Assignment of Business Court Judge (7th Circuit Court)
Issued: 3/15/23
Effective: Immediately

At the Bar


Tips and Tools for a Successful Practice Seminar: A Must-Attend Event
Join us to gain insights from experienced colleagues who have successfully implemented law office management techniques and utilized technology to improve their practices.

Free virtual support group to help handle life’s challenges
The State Bar of Michigan Lawyers and Judges Assistance Program’s virtual support groups offer peer connection to help work through stressors and improve overall well-being.

Face of Justice offers mentoring to Dearborn-area students
The State Bar of Michigan’s Face of Justice program expanded into Advanced Technology Academy in Dearborn.

Virtual Lawyer Trust Accounts Seminar set for March 21
Learn more about ethically managing client and third-party funds and lawyer trust accounts in an upcoming virtual seminar hosted by the State Bar of Michigan.

Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee’s Brunch for Bars returns
The State Bar of Michigan's Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee is excited to announce the return of Brunch for Bars.

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