Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
March 16 –22, 2009
Volume 7 Issue 12

FOCUS: March 26 Congressional Hearing on Indigent Defense
On March 26, the United States House of Representatives Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security will conduct a hearing on the constitutional right to an attorney in criminal proceedings. The hearing is titled "Representation of Indigent Defendants in Criminal Cases: A Constitutional Crisis in Michigan and Other States?" The State Bar of Michigan will be represented on the panel by Dennis W. Archer and Nancy J. Diehl. You may watch the hearing via webcast.

In the Capitol
Committee Meetings of Interest for the Week of 3/23
3/24 Senate Judiciary
Agenda: SB 149 Prohibit obtaining personal information by false pretenses; SB 150 Modify sentencing guidelines for crime of obtaining personal information by false pretenses; SB 383 Resolve conflicts between chapter 81 of the revised statutes of 1846 and the Michigan trust code; SB 384 Resolve conflicts between chapter 63 of the revised statutes of 1846 and the Michigan trust code; SB 385 Amend Michigan uniform fraudulent transfer act to conform to Michigan trust code; SB 386 Amend powers of appointment act of 1967 to conform to Michigan trust code; SB 387 Enact Michigan trust code.

3/25 House Judiciary
Agenda: HB 4509 Expedite commutation hearings and procedures based on physical or mental incapacity or if prisoner is terminally ill; HB 4510 Clarify commutation hearings and procedures regarding medical commutations; Pending the referral of: Define serious impairment of body function; and any other business properly before this committee.

3/25 Senate Appropriations
Agenda Items of Interest: SB 248 Provide budget for department of human services for fiscal year 2009-2010; SB 249 Provide budget for judiciary for fiscal year 2009-2010.

3/26 House Appropriations: Corrections
Agenda: HB 4437 Provide for department of corrections for fiscal year 2009-2010.

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 3/17–3/19
Of Interest to the Legal Community
HB 4594 Criminal procedure; sentencing; sentencing individual convicted as a juvenile to imprisonment for life without parole eligibility; prohibit. Amends secs. 1 & 1b, ch. IX of 1927 PA 175 (MCL 769.1 & 769.1b).

HB 4604 Traffic control; other; responsibility and payment method for driver responsibility fees; revise. Amends sec. 732a of 1949 PA 300 (MCL 257.732a).

HB 4619 Probate; guardians and conservators; appointment of conservator; require court to consider if person under a guardianship has liquid assets of more than a certain limit. Amends sec. 5305 of 1998 PA 386 (MCL 700.5305) & adds sec. 5319.

HB 4621 Civil procedure; evidence; testimony of a vulnerable adult; allow to be presented by videotape or closed-circuit television. Amends 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.101600.9947) by adding sec. 2170.

HB 4622 Financial institutions; savings banks; written disclosure of rights of account holders; require for joint accounts. Amends 1996 PA 354 (MCL 487.3101487.3804) by adding sec. 435.

HB 4623 Financial institutions; credit unions; written disclosure of rights of account holders; require for joint accounts. Amends 1968 PA 41 (MCL 490.51490.65) by adding sec. 14b.

HB 4624 Financial institutions; banks; written disclosure of rights of account holders; require for joint accounts. Amends 1999 PA 276 (MCL 487.11101487.15105) by adding sec. 4103b.

HB 4625 Financial institutions; savings and loan associations; written disclosure of rights of account holders; require for joint accounts. Amends 1980 PA 307 (MCL 491.102491.1202) by adding sec. 629.

HB 4633 Insurance; no-fault; paperless insurance verification system; provide for. Amends sec. 3101a of 1956 PA 218 (MCL 500.3101a).

HB 4634 Traffic control; civil infraction procedures; paperless insurance verification system; create, and provide for access by law enforcement officers. Amends sec. 328 & 907 of 1949 PA 300 (MCL 257.328 & 257.907) by adding secs. 520a & 520b.

HB 4640 Occupations; notaries public; requirement for record keeping of certain notarial acts; provide for. Amends sec. 25 of 2003 PA 238 (MCL 55.285).

HB 4645 Juveniles; truancy; family division of the circuit court to notify secretary of state of truancy disposition; provide for. Amends 1939 PA 288 (MCL 710.21–712A.32) by adding sec. 2f to ch. XIIA

SB 0383 Probate; trusts; conflicts between chapter 81 of the revised statutes of 1846 and the Michigan trust code; resolve. Amends sec. 1 of 1846 RS 81 (MCL 566.131).

SB 0384 Probate; trusts; conflicts between chapter 63 of the revised statutes of 1846 and the Michigan trust code; resolve. Amends 1846 RS 63 (MCL 555.1555.27) by adding sec. 28.

SB 0385 Probate; trusts; Michigan uniform fraudulent transfer act; amend to conform to Michigan trust code. Amends sec. 1 of 1998 PA 434 (MCL 566.31).

SB 0386 Probate; trusts; powers of appointment act of 1967; amend to conform to Michigan trust code. Amends sec. 13 of 1967 PA 224 (MCL 556.123).

SB 0387 Probate; trusts; Michigan trust code; enact. Amends secs. 1103, 1104, 1105, 1106, 1107, 1201, 1209, 1210, 1212, 1214, 1308, 1403, 1507, 2501, 2504, 2511, 2519, 2705, 2722, 2901, 2904, 2907, 3104, 3403, 3703, 3705, 3713, 3715, 3801, 3803, 3805, 3914, 3915, 5407, 5421, 6101, 7101, 7102, 7103, 7104, 7105, 7201, 7202, 7203, 7204, 7205, 7206, 7207, 7301, 7302, 7303, 7304, 7305, 7401, 7402, 7403, 7404, 7405, 7406, 7407, 7410, 7501, 7502, 7503, 7504, 7505, 7506, 7507 & 7508 of 1998 PA 386 (MCL 700.1103 et seq.); amends heading of art. VII & headings of pts. 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 of art. VII of 1998 PA 386 (MCL 700.1101700.8102); adds secs. 7107, 7108, 7109, 7110, 7111, 7112, 7113, 7208, 7209, 7210, 7211, 7411, 7412, 7413, 7414, 7415, 7416, 7417, 8201, 8202, 8204 & 8206; adds pts. 6, 7, 8 & 9 to art. VII & repeals secs. 7306 to 7308, 7408, 7409 & 7509 to 7511 of 1998 PA 386 (MCL 700.7306 et seq.).

Of General Interest
HB 4587 Consumer credit; predatory lending; general revision to consumer mortgage protection act; prohibit certain lending practices. Amends secs. 3 & 4 of 2002 PA 660 (MCL 445.1633 & 445.1634).

HB 4588 Consumer credit; predatory lending; general revision to consumer mortgage protection act; revise references to home loans in local preemption provisions. Amends secs. 14 & 15 of 2002 PA 660 (MCL 445.1644 & 445.1645).

HB 4589 Consumer credit; predatory lending; general revision to consumer mortgage protection act; prescribe civil sanctions and penalties. Amends secs. 10 & 11 of 2002 PA 660 (MCL 445.1640 & 445.1641).

HB 4591 Consumer credit; predatory lending; general revision to consumer mortgage protection act; general applicability of act. Amends secs. 12 & 13 of 2002 PA 660 (MCL 445.1642 & 445.1643).

HB 4593 Consumer credit; predatory lending; general revision to consumer mortgage protection act; revise claims and defenses in civil actions. Amends 2002 PA 660 (MCL 445.1631445.1645) by adding secs. 7a & 7b.

HB 4595 Criminal procedure; sentencing; sentencing juvenile to imprisonment for life without parole eligibility; amend probate code of 1939 to prohibit. Amends secs. 2d & 18, ch. XIIA of 1939 PA 288 (MCL 712A.2d & 712A.18).

HB 4596 Corrections; parole; parole of certain juvenile offenders sentenced to imprisonment for life; allow. Amends sec. 34 of 1953 PA 232 (MCL 791.234).

HB 4617 Probate; wills and estates; forfeiture and revocation of benefits for individuals who abused, neglected, or exploited decedent; provide for. Amends secs. 2802, 2803 & 2804 of 1998 PA 386 (MCL 700.2802 et seq.).

SB 0382 State financing and management; purchasing; searchable database listing all state expenditures; create. Amends 1984 PA 431 (MCL 18.110118.1594) by adding sec. 447.

In the Hall of Justice
Proposed Amendments
2009-04–Proposals Regarding Procedure for Disqualification of Supreme Court Justices
These three proposals would establish specific rules for disqualification of Supreme Court justices. The proposals vary considerably with regard to the procedure for disqualification, the grounds for determining whether disqualification is warranted, and the ability to review another justice's decision to recuse.
Issued: March 18, 2009
Comment period expires: August 1, 2009
Public hearing: To be scheduled

At the Bar
Month-long Michigan Pro Bono Celebration Planned for October

Attorneys Needed to Identify Accessibility Issues for People with Disabilities

Young Lawyers Section Cell Phone Drive to Help Domestic Violence Victims

SBM ACES Section Co-Hosts Panel Discussions in Conjunction with Ann Arbor Film Festival

Sections and Committees
The Probate & Estate Planning Section submitted a Public Policy position on HB 4331: Probate; powers of attorney; power of attorney for individuals 60 years of age or vulnerable adults; require to register with probate court. Amends title & sec. 1108 of 1998 PA 386 (MCL 700.1108) & adds secs. 5109 & 5110.

State News
Granholm: Find Way to Pay for Cuts
(Lansing State Journal, 3/21/2009)

Advocates: Mich. Should Fund Mental Health Courts
(Associated Press, 3/17/09)

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