Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
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November 13, 2017
Volume 15, Issue 44

In the Capitol

The House of Representatives and Senate have adjourned for Thanksgiving Break. Session will resume on November 28th.
House Schedule
Senate Schedule

Complete Committee Meeting List

Legislative Action Last Week:
Summary of legislative action on all bills that the State Bar or sections of the State Bar have taken positions.
SB 385 (Occupational Code, Collection Practices) was reported out of the House Committee on Regulatory Reform without Amendment on November 8th.
SBM Position on SB 385: Opposed as introduced; Support the S-1 substitute as passed the Senate because it addressed concerns with the unlicensed practice of law.
Consumer Law Section Position on SB 385: Oppose.

Legislation Introduced 11/7–11/9
Last week bills were introduced in the following areas of law:

In the Hall of Justice

Keeping Families Whole Focus of Daniel J. Wright Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Kenneth L. Tacoma

At the Bar

November 17 Board of Commissioners Public Policy Agenda
The Public Policy Committee will be meeting on Friday, November 17, 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 November 17 meeting will be shared with the Board.

Civil Discovery Court Rule Review Committee Seeks Members' Input on Draft Proposal
For over a year, the State Bar of Michigan’s Civil Discovery Court Rule Review Special Committee, with the help of five subcommittees, has engaged in a detailed review of the civil discovery court rules in Michigan to evaluate ways to improve them. With a broad cross-section of lawyers, judges, and court administrators from across the state, the Committee has produced a draft report and set of proposed rules changes. Taken as a whole, this is an attempt to modernize our court rules, adopt best practices from other jurisdictions, and to improve the efficiency of the judicial system and access to justice by making discovery less onerous, more efficient and more targeted.
The Committee is seeking on this draft proposal from stakeholder groups and bar members to ensure that these proposed rules make effective improvements to efficiency in the discovery process and make our courts more accessible to all.

The draft proposal is available here.

Please e-mail your comments to by December 1, 2017.

The Committee will consider the feedback that it receives to revise its proposal; the Committee plans to submit the revised proposal to the Representative Assembly for consideration at its April 2018 meeting. Thank you in advance for your feedback.

Links of Interest

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