Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
May 7–13, 2012
Volume 10 Issue 19

Due to technical difficulties, the update is being sent out on Wednesday of this week rather than the usual Monday.

In the Capitol
FYI: The May 2011 Revenue Estimating Conference will be held May 16 at 9:00 a.m. at the House Appropriations Room in the Capitol Building.

Committee Meetings of Interest for the Week of 5/14
5/15 House Families, Children, and Seniors
Agenda Items of Interest: SB 454 Allow testimony of a vulnerable adult to be presented by videotape or closed-circuit television; SB 457 Allow county medical examiner to establish an elder death review team; SB 462 Modify reporting requirements for abuse or neglect in nursing homes; SB 464 Require development of investigative protocols and abuse and neglect interview protocols for vulnerable adults by certain local agencies; SB 468 Prohibit magistrate from refusing to accept complaint requirement to file a criminal complaint in cases alleging vulnerable adult abuse because signed upon information and belief by individual other than the victim.
SBM Position on SB 454: Support
Elder Law & Disability Rights Section Position on SB 457: Support
Elder Law & Disability Rights Section Position on SB 462: Support
Elder Law & Disability Rights Section Position on SB 464: Support
Elder Law & Disability Rights Section Position on SB 468: Support

5/15 Senate Judiciary
Agenda: SB 1056 Expand criminal identification and records to include biometric data; SB 1082 Classify synthetic cannabinoids as schedule 1 controlled substances and prohibit sales and offer to sell certain products represented to contain controlled substances or having the effects of controlled substances; For Testimony Only: SB 809 Clarify eligibility for sobriety court; SB 895 Provide exemption for educational trusts and accounts from execution, garnishment, and attachment.

5/17 House Judiciary
Agenda: HB 5225 Revise certain procedures for purchase and possession of pistols; HB 5282 Expand transportation of firearms for lawful purpose; SB 760 Modify definition of pistol; SB 761 Modify definition of pistol; SB 762 Modify definition of pistol.

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 5/8–5/10
View all bills introduced 5/8-5/10

Of Interest to the Legal Community
HB 5600 Juveniles; criminal procedure; set-aside convictions for juvenile adjudications; clarify eligibility. Amends sec. 18e, ch. XIIA of 1939 PA 288 (MCL 712A.18e).

HB 5616 Courts; district court; venue for traffic civil infractions issued by state police under certain circumstances; revise. Amends sec. 8312 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.8312).

In the Hall of Justice
Taking Bar Exam Essays by Laptop is Focus of New Pilot Project by Michigan Board of Law Examiners; Pilot Debuts for July 2012 Exam

The Michigan Supreme Court will hold a public administrative hearing on Wednesday, May 16, 2012, in the Supreme Court courtroom. The hearing will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. Persons who wish to address the Court regarding matters on the agenda should notify the Office of the Clerk of the Court in writing at P.O. Box 30052, Lansing, Michigan 48909, or by e-mail at, no later than Monday, May 14, 2012.
For SBM Positions, see last week's Public Policy Update.

At the Bar
SBM Practice Management Resource Center's "Order in the Court: Trial by iPad" Seminar Set for June 18 in Lansing

Taking Bar Exam by Laptop is Focus of Pilot Project by MI Board of Law Examiners

"Lawyer Trust Accounts: Management Principles & Recordkeeping Resources" Set for June 19 in Ann Arbor

Information Alert—Income Withholding Orders Revision Effective June 1

Spring-Board Seminar to Focus on the "ABCs" of Agency Practice

Judicial Vacancy—36th District Court, Wayne County
Hon. Willie G. Lipscomb, Jr. is vacating his seat at 36th District Court, Wayne County. State Bar members interested in applying for the judgeship should submit an application by May 25, 2012.
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Sections and Committees
The Family Law Section submitted Public Policy positions on the following items:
Oppose: HCR 11 A concurrent resolution to memorialize Congress to adopt and present to the states for ratification an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to establish fundamental parental rights.

Support: HB 5328 Family law; paternity; acknowledgment of parentage; allow to be set aside under revocation of paternity act. Amends sec. 7 of 1996 PA 305 (MCL 722.1007) & repeals sec. 11 of 1996 PA 305 (MCL 722.1011).

Support: HB 5329 Family law; paternity; order of filiation; allow to be set aside under revocation of paternity act. Amends sec. 10 of 1956 PA 205 (MCL 722.720).

Oppose: SB 0989 Family law; child custody; granting of custody or parenting time for parent convicted of certain sexual offenses; prohibit. Amends secs. 2, 5 & 7a of 1970 PA 91 (MCL 722.22 et seq.) & adds sec. 5a.

Oppose: SB 1000 Family law; parenting time; parenting time in a country not a party to the Hague convention on the civil aspects of international child abduction; prohibit. Amends sec. 7a of 1970 PA 91 (MCL 722.27a).

State News
Snyder Urges Congress to Let Michigan Collect Sales Tax on Online Purchases
(Detroit News, 5/12/12)

Cost Drops for Attorney General Bill Schuette's Plan to Penalize Repeat Felons, But Millions for Prisons Still Needed
(, 5/12/12)

150 Gather Near Michigan Capitol to Support Bills Banning Foreign Laws
(Detroit Free Press, 5/11/12)

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