Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
March 17-23, 2008
Volume 6 Issue 12

In the Capitol
The Michigan House of Representatives is on spring recess the weeks of March 24 and March 31.
View House Session Schedule
The Michigan Senate is on spring recess the weeks of March 31 and April 7.
View Senate Session Schedule

Committee meetings of interest for the week of 3/24
3/25 State Drug Treatment Court Advisory Committee

3/25 Senate Judiciary
Agenda: HB 4552 Revise penalties for animal cruelty to allow consecutive sentencing: SB 106 Require affidavit of merit for professional malpractice action against architect or engineer.
Animal Law Section Position: Support HB 4552

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 3/18 – 3/20
Of Interest to the Legal Community
HB 5905 Criminal procedure; prosecuting attorneys; requirement for prosecutor to consent to jury waiver; remove. Amends sec. 3, ch. III of 1927 PA 175 (MCL 763.3).

HB 5931 Human services; other; immunity for certain human services employees; prohibit. Amends 1939 PA 288 (MCL 710.21 - 712A.32) by adding sec. 2f to ch. XIIA.

SB 1218 Torts; immunity; medical personnel with immunity from tort liability for search and rescue and tactical operations; clarify that physician's assistants are included. Amends sec. 7 of 1964 PA 170 (MCL 691.1407).

Of General Interest
HB 5907 Civil rights; open meetings; entities required to post special or irregular meeting notices; expand to include posting on website. Amends sec. 4 of 1976 PA 267 (MCL 15.264).

HB 5909 Probate; trusts; personal property trust perpetuities act; create. Creates new act.

SB 1200 Civil procedure; garnishment and attachment; higher education savings plans; exempt from enforcement of court judgments or bankruptcy. Amends secs. 5451 & 6023 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.5451 & 600.6023).

SB 1207 Business tax; other; purchases of certain services from other firms; exclude from definition. Amends sec. 113 of 2007 PA 36 (MCL 208.1113).

In the Hall of Justice
Proposed Amendments
2006-16 - Proposed Amendment of Rules 6.302 and 6.310 of the Michigan Court Rules  
The proposed amendments of MCR 6.302 and MCR 6.310 would make the rules consistent with the federal rules, which preclude judicial involvement in negotiating plea agreements and limit the ability of defendants to withdraw guilty pleas.
Issued: March 18, 2008 
Comment period expires:  July 1, 2008 
Public hearing:  To be scheduled 

Other Actions
2008-01 - Appointment of Chief Judge of the 73B District Court
The Honorable David B. Herrington is appointed chief judge of the 73B Judicial District Court, effective February 8, 2008, for the unexpired portion of a term that commenced January 1, 2008.
Issued: March 18, 2008

At The Bar
Report From Chief Justice Taylor Highlights April 12 SBM Representative Assembly Session

Sections and Committees
The Criminal Law Section adopted a resolution honoring Hon. Terrance K. Boyle.
See Related:
Terrance Boyle: Former Judge Known for Integrity

The Business Law Section submitted an Amicus Brief in William Miller v. AllState Insurance Company and PT Works, Inc.

State News
Do-Over Primary Plan Dies as Senate Adjourns
(Lansing State Journal, 3/21/08)

Ban on Affirmative Action is Constitutional, Judge Rules
(Free Press, 3/19/08)


Links of Interest
Public Policy Resource Center | Michigan Supreme Court | Michigan Legislature | MCL Search Engines