Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
February 6–12, 2012
Volume 10 Issue 6

FOCUS: Governor Snyder's Budget Recommendations for Fiscal Year 2013
Governor Snyder presented the FY 2013 Budget on February 9. His administration recommends a $48.2 billion budget, with $113 million going towards K-12 education, a 16% increase in funding of the Michigan State Police, and $119 million from the general fund for infrastructure repair.
Read the recommendations:
Governor Rick Snyder FY 2013-2014 Budget Recommendation
Gov. Rick Snyder Proposes Increasing Funding for Public Safety
Governor's Office Press Release
FY 2013 Executive Budget
See related news:
Rick Snyder Proposes More Funding for Roads, Police, Schools
(Detroit Free Press, 2/9/12)
Snyder Budget: More for Education, Public Safety, Cities
(Detroit News, 2/9/12)
Surplus Surprises Michigan, But is It Safe to Spend Again?
(New York Times, 2/8/12)

FOCUS: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Announces Indigent Defense Services Grants
At the American Bar Association Summit on Indigent Defense Improvement held February 6, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the creation of two new Justice Department programs focusing on indigent defense services.

Department of Justice Prioritizes Improving Legal Representation for Indigent Defendants
(The Justice Blog, 2/9/12)

Eric Holder Announces $2.4M in Grants to Help Improve Indigent Criminal Defense Services
(ABA Journal.com, 2/4/12)

FOCUS: President Obama Sends Fiscal Year 2013 Executive Budget to Congress: Proposed Increase in LSC
On February 13, the White House sent budget recommendations to Congress for Fiscal Year 2013. Recommendations include a total of $402 million in funding for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), an increase over last year. Previously, the funding for LSC was $348 million in Fiscal Year 2012.
See related news:
Obama's Budget Headed to Congress
(Detroit News, 2/13/12)

In the Capitol
Committee Meetings of Interest for the Week of 2/13
2/14 Senate Judiciary
Agenda: Presentation from Attorney General Bill Schuette; SB 542 Provide protection from liability for personal injury or property damage caused by propane gas equipment or appliances; For Testimony Only: SB 694 Provide for probate court jurisdiction to terminate parental rights of a parent who commits a criminal offense against a child; SB 890 Remove certain exceptions for placement on the public registry; SB 934 Prohibit sexual penetration or contact of a foster child regardless of age by certain care providers during residency; And any other business properly before the committee

2/14 Senate Appropriations: Corrections
Agenda: Presentation from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

2/15 House Appropriations
Agenda: An overview of the Governor's budget presentation by the House Fiscal Agency.

2/16 House Judiciary
Agenda: SB 29 Amend Michigan penal code to allow sale, possession, and use of device that uses electro-muscular technology under certain circumstances; SB 30 Amend firearms act to allow sale, possession, and use of device that uses electro-muscular disruption technology under certain circumstances; SB 93 Revise sentencing guidelines for carrying concealed pistol in prohibited place to include reference to electro-muscular disruption devices; HB 5076 Clarify challenging an approved budget; SB 92 Require written acknowledgment of responsibilities by agent appointed under a power of attorney.
Probate & Estate Planning Section Position on SB 92: Support Substitute

2/16 Michigan Law Revision Commission

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 2/7–2/9
View all bills introduced 2/7-2/9
Of Interest to the Legal Community
HJR OO Courts; judges; gubernatorial appointment of supreme court justice; amend constitution to require advice and consent of the senate. Amends sec. 23, art. VI of the state constitution.

HB 5374 Appropriations; zero budget; department of human services; provide for fiscal year 2012-2013. Creates appropriation act.

HB 5375 Appropriations; zero budget; judiciary; provide for fiscal year 2012-2013. Creates appropriation act.

HB 5383 Appropriations; zero budget; department of corrections; provide for fiscal year 2012-2013. Creates appropriation act.

At the Bar
Judicial Vacancy—12th District Court, Jackson County
Hon. James M. Justin is vacating his seat at 12th District Court, Jackson County. State Bar members interested in applying for the judgeship should submit an application by February 22, 2012.
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Judicial Vacancy—36th Circuit Court, VanBuren County
Hon. William C. Buhl is vacating his seat at 36th Circuit Court, VanBuren County. State Bar members interested in applying for the judgeship should submit an application by February 22, 2012.
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United States District Court Proposes Amendments to Local Rules

"Lawyer Trust Accounts: Management Principles & Recordkeeping Resources" Set for February 28 in Lansing

Practice Management Resource Center Presents "Law Practice Technology Essentials" Seminar

Federal News
Supreme Court on TV? Senate Panel Advances Bill Requiring Cameras in High Court
(Christian Science Monitor, 2/9/12)

State News
Michigan Voters' Party Picks Will be Public Record
(Detroit News, 2/28/12)

Bill Seeks to Extend Statute of Limitations for Civil Suits Involving Sex Crimes Against Kids
(Ann Arbor.com, 2/9/12)

Casey Anthony Case Leads to Proposals Called 'Caylee's Law' in Michigan to Criminalize Lying to Police
(Mlive.com, 2/8/12)

Fewer Parolees Going Back to Prison, Audit Finds
(Detroit Free Press, 2/8/12)
See also:
Audit: Michigan's Prisoner Re-Entry Initiative Harms Public Safety, Fails to Track Ex-Convicts
(Detroit News, 2/8/12)

Michigan Lawmakers Continue Votes to Trim Judges
(Detroit News, 2/7/12)

Links of Interest
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