Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
May 19–26, 2008
Volume 6 Issue 21

In the Capitol
Committee Meetings of Interest for the Week of 5/26
5/28 House Judiciary
Agenda: HB 4859 Revise jury pool selection process; HB 4934 Allow names and addresses of taxpayers to be disclosed to jury boards for selecting jury pools; HR 281 A resolution to memorialize the United States Congress to reauthorize the DNA backlog program. For referral to the Committee on Tourism, Outdoor Recreation and Natural Resources: HB 5754 Allow possession and operation of electrical devices designed to temporarily incapacitate persons for holders of concealed weapons permits; HB 5755 Revise provisions governing concealed pistol licensee's right to carry electro-muscular disruption device; HB 5756 Revise guidelines for carrying concealed pistol in prohibited place to include stun guns.
State Bar Position on HB 4859: Support
Civil Procedure and Courts Committee
Position on HB 4859: See Report
Criminal Law Section Position on HB 4859: Support in Principle
Justice Initiatives Committee Position on HB 4859: Support.
State Bar Position on HB 4934: Support
Civil Procedure & Courts Committee
Position on HB 4934: See Report
Criminal Law Section Position on HB 4934: Support in Principle
Justice Initiatives Committee Position on HB 4934: Support

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 5/20–5/22
Of Interest to the Legal Community

HB 6125
Insurance; insurers; remedies for failure to timely pay benefits; expand to include attorney fee under certain circumstances. Amends 1956 PA 218 (MCL 500.100500.8302) by adding sec. 2090.

HB 6157 Civil procedure; civil actions; limitation on recovery amount allowed in small claims suits; revise.

HB 6170 Property tax; delinquent taxes; notice requirements for show cause hearing and foreclosure hearing; revise.

HB 6171 Property tax; delinquent taxes; notice of judgment foreclosing property; revise.

At the Bar
Voting Begins June 1 for SBM and JTC Elections

Labor & Employment Law Section Career Seminar Set for June 11

International Law and Taxation Sections Host June 3 Presentation on European Markets

Sections and Committees
The Elder Law and Disability Rights Section submitted a Public Policy position on HB 4180 Probate; powers of attorney; uniform power of attorney act; enact. Creates new act & repeals secs. 5501–5505 of 1998 PA 386 (MCL 700.5501700.5505).

Federal News
Rendering Justice, With One Eye on Re-election
(New York Times, 5/26/08)

Legal Aid Groups Struggle to Meet Low-Income Need

(Washington Times, 5/23/08)

State News
Mental-health Court is Formed
(The Jackson Citizen Patriot, 5/24/08)

Freedom after 26 Years: Judge Tosses Man's Rape Conviction from 1982
(Detroit News, 5/22/08)

27 Drop Bids for House Seats
(Detroit Free Press, 5/20/08)

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