Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
February 7–13, 2011
Volume 9 Issue 7

Please note: Next week's Public Policy Update will published on Tuesday, February 22 due to the holiday. Any interim questions can be directed to

FOCUS: Governor Snyder to Present Budget Recommendations
On February 17 at 11 a.m., Governor Snyder will present his budget recommendations and tax policy reforms to a joint meeting of the Senate and House Appropriations Committees, Senate Finance Committee, and the House Tax Policy Committee. The governor is expected to present with Budget Director John Nixon.
2/17 Senate Finance, Joint Meeting with Appropriations, House Appropriations, and House Tax Policy
The presentation will be available online live.
See related:
Snyder Says Big Changes Planned in Michigan Budget
(Lansing State Journal, 2/11/11)
Snyder Budget 'Bomb' Incoming
(Detroit News, 2/10/11)
Plans for Major Budget Reforms on Hold
(Detroit News, 2/10/11)

In the Capitol
The Michigan House of Representatives has moved the start of session on February 17 to 10 a.m. in order to accommodate those who wish to attend Governor Snyder's budget presentation.
House Schedule

Senate Schedule

Committee Meetings of Interest for the Week of 2/14
2/15 Senate Judiciary
Agenda: SB 0025 Define final disposition of fetal remains, and clarify authorization requirements; SB 0054 Clarify authorization requirements and provide penalties for noncompliance in final disposition of fetal remains; SB 0055 Establish sentencing guidelines for violation of requirements for final disposition of fetal remains; SB 0092 Require written acknowledgment of responsibilities by agent appointed under a power of attorney; and any other business to come properly before the committee.

2/15 Appropriations: Corrections, House and Senate
Agenda: Presentation by Legislative Corrections Ombudsman Keith Barber.

2/17 House Judiciary
Agenda: SB 22 Revise uniform statutory rule against perpetuities to reflect limitation of the personal property trust perpetuities act to certain property; SB 23 Limit application to certain property in the personal property trust perpetuities act; Presentation by: the State Bar of Michigan: Judicial Crossroads Task Force Report.

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 2/8–2/10
Of Interest to the Legal Community

HB 4231 Torts; liability; waiver of claims of liability in connection with children's athletic and recreational activities; allow parent to sign. Amends 1998 PA 386 (MCL 700.1101700.8206) by adding sec. 5109.

Of General Interest
HB 4219 Revenue sharing; other; revenue sharing distribution; require to be distributed evenly based on population. Amends sec. 13 of 1971 PA 140 (MCL 141.913).

SB 0103 Income tax; credit; earned income tax credit; eliminate. Amends sec. 272 of 1967 PA 281 (MCL 206.272).

At the Bar
SBM to Present "Tips and Tools" for a Successful Practice Seminar on Tuesday, March 1 in Lansing

Economics of Law Practice in Michigan: 2010 Income & Billing Rate Key Findings Report

Federal News
Federal Judicial Vacancies Reaching Crisis Point
(Washington Post, 2/8/11)

State News
Report: Redistricting Makes Too Many Safe Seats, Leaves Voters Out
(Detroit News, 2/11/11)

State Senator Proposes Michigan Should Get Rid of 'Horrible' Personal Property Tax on Businesses
(Jackson Citizen Patriot, 2/10/11)

Michigan Lawmakers to Explore Emergency Financial Manager Law
(, 2/10/11)

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