Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan

May 22, 2023
Volume 21, Issue 21

The State Bar of Michigan will be closed on Monday, May 29, in observance of Memorial Day.

In the Capitol

5/23 House Criminal Justice, 9:00 a.m. MORE
HB 4516 (Rep. Betsy Coffia) Family law: domestic violence; domestic violence prevention and treatment fund; allow to provide funding to tribal domestic and sexual violence shelters and service providers.
HB 4420 (Rep. Julie M. Rogers) Crime victims: other; information sharing by law enforcement of victim contact information with survivor programs; allow.
HB 4421 (Rep. Stephanie A. Young) Civil procedure: other; certain public video recordings of court proceedings; allow the victims' faces to be blurred.
HB 4422 (Rep. Graham Filler) Crime victims: other; definition of serious misdemeanor in the crime victims act; modify.
HB 4423 (Rep. Greg VanWoerkom) Crime victims: statements; victim impact statements; allow to be made remotely.
SBM Position on HB 4423: Support.
HB 4450 (Rep. Tyrone Carter) Corrections: prisoners; provision of prison code relating to productivity time credit system; create.
HB 4451 (Rep. Kristian Grant) Corrections: prisoners; code of criminal procedure; update to reflect creation of productivity credits.
HB 4452 (Rep. Donavan McKinney) Corrections: prisoners; corrections code of 1953; update to reflect creation of productivity credits.
HB 4453 (Rep. Alabas Farhat) Crime victims: notices; notice to crime victim when a prisoner is eligible to receive credits toward sentence; require.

5/23 Senate Civil Rights, Judiciary, and Public Safety, 2:30 p.m. MORE
SB 134 (Sen. Ruth Johnson) Courts: drug court; specialty court authorization to issue a restricted license requiring an ignition interlock device; modify.
SBM Position on SB 134: Support.
Criminal Law Section Position on SB 134: Support.
SB 135 (Sen. Kevin Hertel) Vehicles: registration; issuance of a restricted license requiring the installation of ignition interlock device and specialty court admission; modify.
SBM Position on SB 135: Support.
Criminal Law Section Position on SB 135:
SB 248 (Sen. Dan Lauwers) Courts: other; age requirement for the use of a courtroom support dog; modify.

Complete Committee Meeting List

Legislation Introduced 05/16-05/18
Last week bills were introduced in the following areas of law:

At the Court

The Michigan Supreme Court will hold a virtual public administrative hearing on Wednesday, Jun 7, 2023, beginning at 9:30 a.m. To reserve a place on the agenda, please contact the Court via or 517-373-1239 by Friday, June 2.

ADM File No. 2021-24: Amendment of MRPC 5.5
The addition of subrule (e) and the amendment of MRPC 5.5’s accompanying comment clarify that lawyers may practice law in another jurisdiction while physically present in Michigan.
Issued: 5/17/23
Effective: 9/1/23

At the Bar


Virtual Lawyer Trust Accounts Seminar set for June 27
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.

Join the 2023 Pipeline Summit on June 1
The event aims to bring together stakeholders to share information on current pipeline activities and foster discussion to move the legal profession forward.

Judicial Vacancies–Allegan County & Manistee County Probate Court
Applications must be submitted electronically and received by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, June 5, 2023.

Links of Interest

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