Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
February 24, 2014
Volume 12 Issue 8

In the Capitol
Focus: Michigan Indigent Defense Commission Funding
Last week the Senate approved a supplemental budget bill (SB 608) for the current fiscal year that included, among other items, $750,000 for the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission (MIDC). Two weeks ago, the Governor included $1 million for the MIDC in his budget proposal for next year. Although the MIDC has not been appointed yet, the Governor and the legislature are showing their commitment to this new legislation by providing funds for implementation. SB 608 is now being considered by the House, and is scheduled for a hearing on Wednesday.
For more information view Senate Bill 608 and the legislative analysis. For more information on the MIDC you can view the legislative analysis of Public Act 93.

Committee meetings of interest for the week of 2/24
2/26 House Criminal Justice, 10:30 AM, House Office Building Room 327
Agenda:
HB 5110 Require disclosure of call location information by wireless providers to requesting law enforcement agency;
HB 5237 Amend William Van Regenmorter crime victim's rights act human trafficking restitution provisions;
HB 5240 Extend limitation of actions related to human trafficking;
Or any business properly before this committee.

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.

HB 4570 (Postponement of Jury Service for Students) was signed by the Governor on February 18.
SBM Position: Support.
Civil Procedure & Courts Committee Position: Support.
Criminal Jurisprudence & Practice Committee Position: Support.

HB 4638 (Register of Deeds Records, Copy of Original Instrument Verified by Affidavit) advanced to the third reading in the House with substitute H-3 on February 20.
HB 4639 (Of Alienation by Deed, Recording Affidavit and Copy of Original Conveyance) advanced to the third reading in the House on February 20.
HB 4640 (Recording Copy of Original Conveyance) advanced to the third reading in the House with substitute H-4 on February 20.
Real Property Law Section position on HB 4638 – HB 4640: Support.

HB 4808 (Mandatory Life Imprisonment) was presented to the Governor on February 19.

HB 4893 (Child Protection Law) advanced to the third reading in the Senate on February 20.
Children’s Law Section Position: Support.

HB 5154 (Preliminary Examinations) passed the House 110-0 on February 20.
SBM Position: Support.

HB 5155 (Preliminary Examinations) advanced to the third reading with amendments on February 19.
SBM Position: Support.
Criminal Law Section Position: Support and Amend.
Judicial Conference Position: See comments.

SB 0319 (Juvenile Parole) was presented on February 20.
Criminal Law Section Position: Support and Amend.
Prisons & Corrections Section Position: Support and Amend.

SB 0475 (Trampoline Court Safety Act) was signed by the Governor on February 18.
Negligence Law Section Position: Oppose.

SB 0520 (Restitution Orders for Crime of Nonpayment of Support) passed the Senate on February 20.
SBM Position: Oppose.
Civil Procedure & Courts Committee Position: Oppose.
Family Law Section Position: Oppose and Amend.

SB 0521 (Support and Parenting Time Enforcement Act) passed the Senate on February 20.
SBM Position: Support.
Family Law Section Position: Support and Amend.

SB 0522 (Revised Uniform Reciprocal Enforcement of Support Act) passed the Senate on February 20.
Family Law Section Position: Support.

SB 0526 (Support and Parenting Time Enforcement Act) passed the Senate on February 20.
Family Law Section Position: Support.

SB 0527 (Child Support) passed the Senate on February 20.
Family Law Section Position: Support.

SB 0528 (Child Support) passed the Senate on February 20.
Family Law Section Position: Support.

SB 0529 (Child Support) passed the Senate on February 20.
Family Law Section Position: Support.

SB 0530 (Friend of the Court Act) passed the Senate on February 20.
Family Law Section Position: Support.

SB 0557 (Mental Health Code) was enrolled in the Senate on February 20.
SBM Position on SB 558: Support.
Prisons & Corrections Section Position on SB 557 & SB 558: Support.

SB 0558 (Mental Health Code) was enrolled in the Senate on February 20.
Criminal Jurisprudence & Practice Committee Position on SB 558: Support.
Prisons & Corrections Section Position on SB 557 & SB 558: Support.

SB 0586 (Prostitution Crimes) passed the Senate 37-0 on February 18.

SB 0587 (Human Trafficking) passed the Senate 37-0 on February 18.

SB 0590 (Human Trafficking Victims) passed the Senate 37-0 on February 18.

Legislation Introduced 2/18 – 2/20
View all bills introduced 2/18-2/20
Of Interest to the Legal Community
HB 5343 Children; parental rights; clarification of termination of parental rights and obligation to pay child support; provide for. Amends sec. 3 of 1968 PA 293 (MCL 722.3).

Of General Interest
HB 5335 Torts; premises liability; liability of possessor of land for injuries to trespassers; codify. Creates new act.

HB 5338 Children; protection; provision related to access to certain documents, reports, or records; provide for. Amends sec. 7 of 1975 PA 238 (MCL 722.627).

New Public Acts

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