Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
March 23–29, 2009
Volume 7 Issue 13

In the Capitol
Committee Meetings of Interest for the Week of 3/30
3/31 House Urban Policy
Agenda: Presentation on the Michigan Prisoner Re-entry Initiative by Carl Williams, representing the Office of Public Affairs for the Michigan Department of Corrections.

3/31 House Appropriations
Agenda Items of Interest: Budget Bills, Supplemental Appropriations.

3/31 Senate Judiciary
Agenda: SB 35 Revise statute of limitations and statute of repose for actions against architects, engineers, and construction contractors; 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; PENDING REFERRAL: SB 411 Adopt uniform prudent management of institutional funds act; SB 412 Revise references to uniform prudent management of institutional funds act in the nonprofit corporations act to reflect adoption of new uniform act.

4/1 House Appropriations
Agenda Items of Interest: Budget Bills, Supplemental Appropriations.

4/1 House Judiciary
Agenda: SB 188 Revise issuance of certain search warrants; and any other business properly before this committee.

4/2 House Appropriations
Agenda Items of Interest: Budget Bills, Supplemental Appropriations.

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 3/24–3/26
Of Interest to the Legal Community
HB 4680 Insurance; no-fault; serious impairment of body function; define. Amends sec. 3135 of 1956 PA 218 (MCL 500.3135).

HB 4686 Trade; securities; adoption of new uniform securities act (2002); update uniform securities act references in Michigan penal code. Amends secs. 159g & 411j of 1931 PA 328 (MCL 750.159g & 750.411j).

HB 4704 Family law; marriage and divorce; change of name procedure whenever decree of divorce is granted; revise to make gender neutral. Amends title & sec. 1 of 1905 PA 299 (MCL 552.391).

HB 4705 Courts; funding; bail surcharge and probation fee; impose, and dedicate revenue to indigent defense expenses. Amends secs. 6 & 15, ch. V of 1927 PA 175 (MCL 765.6 & 765.15) & adds sec. 3d to ch. XI.

HB 4706 Courts; other; indigent defense counsel fund; create. Amends 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.101600.9947) by adding sec. 177.

Of General Interest
HB 4697 Crimes; perjury; providing false information to a legislative committee or subcommittee; prohibit, and provide penalties. Amends 1931 PA 328 (MCL 750.1750.568) by adding sec. 423a.

HB 4698 Criminal procedure; sentencing guidelines; sentencing guidelines for committing perjury in committee or subcommittee of the state legislature; enact. Amends sec. 16v, ch. XVII of 1927 PA 175 (MCL 777.16v).

At the Bar
Applications for State Bar Committee Service Due May 15

Sections and Committees
The Children's Law Section submitted a Public Policy position on HB 4535 Children; abuse or neglect; conditions involving termination of parental rights; expand. Amends sec. 19b, ch. XIIA of 1939 PA 288 (MCL 712A.19b).

The Elder Law and Disability Rights 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.

The Prisons & Corrections Section submitted a Public Policy position on the Restoration of Earned Credits for Prisoners.

Federal News
Clean Slates for Youths Sentenced Fraudulently
(New York Times, 3/26/09)

To Cut Costs, States Relax Prisons Policies
(New York Times, 3/24/09)

State News
Granholm, Republicans Wrangle Over Budget Cuts
(Detroit News, 3/30/09)

Mental Health Courts Like Those in Genesee County Draw Some Criticism, Debate Over Savings
(The Flint Journal, 3/28/09)

Michigan Senate OKs 2011 Salary Cuts
(Detroit News, 3/27/09)

5% Pay Cut Proposed for State Workers
(Lansing State Journal, 3/24/09)

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