Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
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January 9, 2017
Volume 15, Issue 2

Please Note: Next week's Public Policy Update will be published on January 17. The State Bar will be closed on January 16 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

In the Capitol

2017–2018 Legislative Session Begins
The 99th legislative session of the Michigan Legislature is slated to begin at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, January 11. The new Speaker of the House is Tom Leonard, who is a member of the State Bar of Michigan. The House will have the same partisan split as the previous session, with the Republicans maintaining a 63 to 47 majority. The Senate was not up for election last year and remains unchanged with Arlen Meekhof continuing as Senate Majority Leader.
House Schedule
Senate Schedule

Michigan Indigent Defense Commission Legislation Signed
Last week, Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation to ensure that the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission will be able to continue its work to improve indigent criminal defense systems in Michigan. The legislation was in response to concerns raised by the Michigan Supreme Court last June when the Court conditionally accepted the first set of standards for indigent defense systems. The Commission, previously housed in the judicial branch, will now be housed within the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. House Bills 5842-5846 were supported by the State Bar of Michigan, and together with Senate Bill 1109, the measures are now Public Acts 439-444 of 2016.
Governor Snyder's press release on the MIDC legislation.
For more information on the legislation, visit

Complete Committee Meeting List

In the Hall of Justice

Michigan Supreme Court Public Administrative Hearing—January 17, 2017
The Michigan Supreme Court will hold a public administrative hearing on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, beginning at 1 p.m. To reserve a place on the agenda, please notify the Office of Administrative Counsel in writing at P.O. Box 30052, Lansing, MI 48909, or by e-mail at no later than Monday, January 16, 2017.
The Agenda can be found online.

At the Bar

January 20 Board of Commissioners Public Policy Agenda
The Public Policy, Image and Identity Committee will be meeting on Friday, January 20, 2017 to make recommendations for the full Board of Commissioners on public policy items. The agenda is posted online. Members of the State Bar are invited to submit comments to Board of Commissioners on any of the items on the agenda. All comments received before the January 20 meeting will be shared with the Board.

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