May 14 - 20, 2007
Volume 5 Issue 20

Due to the holiday, next week’s Public Policy Update will be published on May 29.

FOCUS: Michigan Fiscal Crisis Update
Heads of the Senate Fiscal Agency and the House Fiscal Agency and the State Treasurer held a Revenue Estimating Conference on May 18. Consensus estimates confirmed the expected news that the current year deficit is worse than previously calculated. Revenue estimates for the current fiscal year ending in four months show a $803.2 million deficit. Approximately $327 million of the shortfall may be addressed in the conference report for SB 220.

Consensus Revenue Estimates
(Senate Fiscal Agency, 5/18/07)
Consensus Revenue Executive Summary
(Senate Fiscal Agency, 5/18/07)
Consensus Revenue Agreement
(House Fiscal Agency, 5/18/07)

Related News:
Budget Crisis Grows Deeper
Revised revenue estimate places general fund, school aid shortfalls at $800 million in '07; $1.6 billion in '08 if SBT fully replaced.
(Department of Treasury, 5/18/07)

Mich. Gets Bad News About Economy, Budget
(Lansing State Journal, 5/19/07)

Michigan's Budget Hole Deepens to $600M
(Lansing State Journal, 5/19/07)

State Budget Talks Break Down
(Detroit News, 5/16/07)

Granholm Still Hopeful for Budget Agreement
(Lansing State Journal, 5/16/07).

In the Capitol
Committee meetings of interest for the week of 5/21
5/23 House Judiciary

Agenda: SB 105 Allow authority for magistrates to oversee arraignments; HB 4550 Revise sentencing guidelines for certain crimes involving animal abuse to reflect increased penalties; HB 4551 Provide for increased penalties under certain circumstances abuse of animals; HB 4552 Revise to allow consecutive sentencing for penalties for animal cruelty.
SBM Position: Support in Principle SB 105

5/23 Senate Appropriations Subcommittee: Judiciary and Corrections
Agenda: The FY 2007-08 budget for the Department of Corrections 

Complete Committee Meeting List 

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 5/15 – 5/17
Of Interest to the Legal Community

HB 4753 Civil procedure; remedies; correction of inaccurate item in consumer credit reports; establish procedures for civil action in state court. Amends 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.101 - 600.9947) by adding sec. 8309.

HB 4755 Courts; juries; names and addresses of taxpayers; allow to be given to jury boards for purposes of selecting juror pools.

SB 505 Weapons; concealed; exemption for certain state court judges and state court retired judges from concealed weapons no-carry zones; provide for. Amends secs. 1 & 5o of 1927 PA 372 (MCL 28.421 & 28.425o).

SB 506 Family law; paternity; circumstances under which putative father may sue to establish paternity of a child born to a married woman; establish. Amends secs. 1, 4 & 6 of 1956 PA 205 (MCL 722.711 et seq.).

SB 511 Appropriations; supplemental; multidepartment supplemental for fiscal year 2007; provide for. Creates appropriation act.

Of General Interest
HB 4766 Retirement; investments; employer contribution; revise.

HB 4733 Income tax; deductions; deduction for cost of energy efficient appliances; provide for. Amends sec. 30 of 1967 PA 281 (MCL 206.30).

HB 4792 Insurance; no-fault; fee schedules for medical costs paid by personal injury protection; provide for.

HB 4806 Retirement; judges; health care benefits and vesting requirements; modify.

At the Bar
Constitution Hall is New Home for Michigan Legal Milestone Plaque

Federal News
Money, Negative Ads Spread to State Judges Elections
(AP/Mlive.com, 5/17/07)

State News
Budget Debate Contributes to Slow Start for Legislature
(Detroit News, 5/20/07)

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