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

In the Capitol
Committee meetings of interest for the week of 3/24
3/25 House Oversight, 12:00 PM, House Office Building 308
Agenda Items of Interest:
HB 5193 Allow closed-door sessions for trial or settlement strategy only if matter being discussed is currently being litigated;
HB 5194 Limit defenses in accountability for penalties for violating open meetings act.

3/25 Senate Judiciary, 2:30 PM, Farnum Building 110
Agenda:
SB 789 Eliminate concealed pistol licensing boards, and transfer duties to department of state police and county clerks;
SB 790 Update reference in sentencing guidelines;
SB 834 Clarify firearms records exemption under the freedom of information act;
SB 881 Clarify what firearms records are exempt under the freedom of information act;
HB 4155 Exempt certain firearm licensing information from freedom of information act;
HB 5325 Provide for definition of firearms records;
HB 5327 Exempt firearms records from freedom of information act and provide for disclosure only under certain circumstances;
HB 5328 Clarify what firearms records are exempt under the freedom of information act;
And any other business properly before the committee.

3/25 House Appropriations: Corrections, 3:00 PM, Capitol Building Room 352
Agenda:
Report House Substitute for:
HB 5297 Department of corrections budget for fiscal year 2014-2015;
Or any business properly before this committee.

3/26 House Criminal Justice, 10:30 AM, House Office Building 327
Agenda:
HB 5230 Allow abatement for property used for human trafficking and make other general amendments;
SB 325 Create uniform child abduction prevention act;
SB 729 Provide for recovery of certain costs for prosecution of retail fraud;
Or any business properly before this committee.
SBM Position on SB 325: Support.
Domestic Violence Committee Position on SB 325: Support.
Family Law Section Position on SB 325: Support.

3/26 House Appropriations: Judiciary, 12:00 PM, House Office Building 327
Agenda:
Report House Substitute for HB 5302;
Or any business properly before this committee.

3/27 Senate Appropriations: Corrections Department, 9:00 AM, Capitol Building Senate Appropriations Room
Agenda:
SB 764 Fiscal Year 2014-15 Department of Corrections Budget.

3/27 Senate Appropriations: Judiciary, 2:00 PM, Capitol Building Senate Appropriations Room
Agenda:
SB 771 Judiciary budget for fiscal year 2014-2015.

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.
The following bills were returned from the Senate on March 19:
HB 5121 (16th Circuit Court Judges), substitute S-2;
HB 5122 (6th Circuit Court Judges), substitute S-1;
HB 5123 (17th Circuit and 5th District Court Judges), substitute S-4;
HB 5124 (Court Consolidation), substitute S-2;
HB 5125 (Court Consolidation), substitute S-2;
The substitutes were adopted by the House on March 20.

HB 5216 (Certificate of Employability) was reported out of House Commerce on March 19 with substitute H-2.
Prisons & Corrections Section position: Oppose.

HB 5246 substitute H-2 was reported out of House Judiciary on March 20.

HB 5270HB 5272 were reported out of House Judiciary on March 20.

Legislation Introduced 3/18 – 3/20
View all bills introduced 3/18-3/20
Of Interest to the Legal Community
HB 5415 Housing; landlord and tenants; notification of evictions; allow by electronic mail. Amends sec. 5718 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.5718).

HB 5420 Civil rights; privacy; state assistance of federal government data collection; restrict. Creates new act.

Of General Interest
SB 0886 Senior citizens; housing; continuing care communities; regulate, and repeal living care disclosure act. Creates new act & repeals 1976 PA 440 (MCL 554.801 - 554.844).

New Public Acts

At the Bar

Sections and Committees
The Probate & Estate Planning Section submitted public policy position reports on the following items:
Support and Amend: HB 5366 Probate; guardians and conservators; fiduciary access to digital assets act; enact. Amends secs. 5407 & 5415 of 1998 PA 386 (MCL 700.5407 & 700.5415) & adds sec. 5423a.

HB 5367 Probate; wills and estates; powers of personal representatives; enact fiduciary access to digital assets act. Amends secs. 3709 & 3715 of 1998 PA 386 (MCL 700.3709 & 700.3715) & adds secs. 3715a & 3723.

HB 5368 Probate; other; definitions relating to the fiduciary access to digital assets act; enact. Amends secs. 1103, 1104, 1106 & 1107 of 1998 PA 386 (MCL 700.1103 et seq.).

HB 5369 Probate; powers of attorney; authority or agent; enact fiduciary access to digital assets act. Amends sec. 5501 of 1998 PA 386 (MCL 700.5501) & adds sec. 5501a.

HB 5370 Probate; trusts; fiduciary access to digital assets act; enact. Amends sec. 7817 of 1998 PA 386 (MCL 700.7817) & adds sec. 7912a.

SB 0293 Probate; wills and estates; power of personal representative of a decedent's estate; provide access to certain online accounts. Amends sec. 3715 of 1998 PA 386 (MCL 700.3715).

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