Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
March 4-10, 2013
Volume 11 Issue 10

In the Capitol
Committee Meetings of Interest for the Week of 3/11
3/12 Senate Judiciary
Agenda: SB 31 Amend insurance code to provide for insurable interest of trustees; SB 32 Provide for insurable interest amendments to the Michigan trust code; SB 221 Establish sex offender registration fee for nonincarcerated offenders on an annual basis; SB 236 Eliminate sunset for annual increases for inflation for fee for publication of legal notice; HB 4054 Modify definition of eligible domestic relations order; And any other business properly before the committee.
Probate & Estate Planning Section Position on SB 31 & SB 32: Support
Family Law Section Position on HB 4054: Support

3/14 House Judiciary
Agenda: HB 4264 Allow consecutive sentencing for financial exploitation of vulnerable adult; HB 4139 Repeal provision relating to proceedings to prevent crime.

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

In the Hall of Justice
High School Students Can Experience 'Moot Court' Through Supreme Court Learning Center Summer Program

Robert J. Danhof, former Michigan Court of Appeals chief judge, delegate to 1961-62 state Constitutional Convention, mourned by Michigan courts

Live from the Hall of Justice! Supreme Court starts live streaming hearings

March 2013 Oral Arguments

At the Bar
Nominations Open for Major State Bar Awards

Representative Assembly Accepting Nominations for Annual Awards

Applications for SBM Committee Service Due May 3

Sections and Committees
The Probate & Estate Planning Section submitted a Public Policy position report on the following items:
Support: SB 0031 (Schuitmaker) Insurance; life; insurable interests; amend insurance code to provide for insurable interest of trustees. Amends 1956 PA 218 (MCL 500.100500.8302) by adding sec. 2210a.

Support: SB 0032 (Schuitmaker) Probate; trusts; insurable interest amendments to the Michigan trust code; provide for. Amends 1998 PA 386 (MCL 700.1101700.8206) by adding sec. 7114.

Federal News
Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) Won't Seek Reelection in 2014
(Washington Post, 3/7/13)
See also:
Levin Won't Seek Re-Election After 6 Terms in U.S. Senate
(Detroit News, 3/8/13)
U.S. Sen. Carl Levin Won't Run for Seventh Term
(Detroit Free Press, 3/8/13)

State News
Courts Across Michigan Look to Go Electronic, Paper-Free
(Detroit Free Press, 3/6/13)

Links of Interest
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