Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
May 27, 2014
Volume 12 Issue 21

In the Capitol
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.
HB 5082 (Parenting Coordinator) advanced to the 3rd reading in the House on May 20.
State Bar of Michigan Position on HB 5082: Support.

HB 5154 (Preliminary Examinations) and HB 5155 (Preliminary Examinations) were signed by the Governor on May 20 and are now Public Act 123 and 124 respectively.
SBM Position on HB 5154: Support.
SBM Position on HB 5155: Support.
Criminal Law Section Position on HB 5155: Support and Amend.
Judicial Conference Position on HB 5155: See comments.

HB 5193 and HB 5194 passed the House on May 21.

The following bills were reported out of the House Committee on Families, Children and Seniors on May 21.
HB 5463 (The Paternity Act, Certain Genetic Testing Establishes Paternity) with substitute H-1.
Family Law Section Position on HB 5463: Oppose with Amendments.
HB 5464 (Genetic Parentage Act) with substitute H-1.
Family Law Section Position on HB 5464: Support with Amendments.
HB 5465 (Summary Support and Paternity Act) with substitute H-1.
Family Law Section Position on HB 5465: Support with Amendments.
HB 5466 The Paternity Act, Consolidation of Child Support Functions) with substitute H-1.
Family Law Section Position on HB 5466: Support with Recommended Amendments.
HB 5467 (Revocation of the Paternity Act, Consolidation of Child Support Functions) with substitute H-1.
Family Law Section Position on HB 5467: Support with Recommended Amendments.
HB 5468 (The Family Support Act, Consolidation of Child Support Functions) with substitute H-1.
Family Law Section Position on HB 5468: Support with Recommended Amendments.
HB 5469 (Uniform Interstate Family Support Act, Consolidation of Child Support Functions) with substitute H-1.
Family Law Section Position on HB 5469: Support with Recommended Amendments.
HB 5470 (Revised Uniform Reciprocal Enforcement of Support Act, Consolidation of Child Support Functions) with substitute H-1.
Family Law Section Position on HB 5470: Support with Recommended Amendments.
HB 5471 (An Act to Establish the Status of Minors, Consolidation of Child Support Functions) with substitute H-1.
Family Law Section Position on HB 5471: Support with Recommended Amendments.
HB 5473 (Revocation of Paternity Act) with substitute H-1.
Family Law Section Position on HB 5473: Support.
HB 5508 (Office of Child Support Act) and HB 5509 Michigan Gaming Control and Revenue Act, Child Support Arrearages) with substitute H-2.
Family Law Section Position on HB 5508 – HB 5509: Support.

SB 587 and SB 590 were reported out of House Criminal Justice on May 21.

SB 714 (Uniform Collaborative Law Act) advanced to the 3rd reading in the House on May 20.
State Bar of Michigan Position on SB 0714: Support.
Family Law Section Position on SB 0714: Support.

Legislation Introduced 5/20 – 5/22
View all bills introduced 5/20-5/22
Of Interest to the Legal Community
HB 5585Criminal procedure; youthful trainees; revocation of trainee status under Holmes youthful trainee act for committing certain subsequent crimes; provide for. Amends sec. 12, ch. II of 1927 PA 175 (MCL 762.12).

Of General Interest
SB 0946Occupations; collection practices; regulation of certain debt collectors and debt buyers; revise. Amends secs. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 of 1981 PA 70 (MCL 445.251 et seq.) & adds secs. 3a & 7a.

New Public Acts

In the Hall of Justice

New Web Inquiry Tool Enhances Public Access to Court of Claims

The Michigan Supreme Court will hold an administrative public hearing on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Supreme Court courtroom located on the sixth floor of the Michigan Hall of Justice, 925 W. Ottawa Street, Lansing, Michigan 48915.
For SBM Positions, see last week’s Public Policy Update.

Proposed Amendments
2014-18 - Proposed Amendment of Rule 6.001 of the Michigan Court Rules
The proposed amendment of MCR 6.001(B) includes additional rules and subrules that are found in Chapter 6 that govern procedural issues relevant to criminal cases falling under the jurisdiction of district courts.
Issued: May 21, 2014
Comment Period Expiration: September 1, 2014

2013-27 - Proposed Amendment of Rule 2.203 of the Michigan Court Rules
This proposal, submitted by the State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly, would add explicit language allowing parties to be added to a counterclaim or cross-claim, and would require that a court clerk issue a summons for those added parties.
Issued: May 21, 2014
Comment Period Expiration: September 1, 2014

Other Actions
2014-16 - Adoption of LCR 2.119 (Court of Claims)
Local Court Rule 2.119 for the Court of Claims is adopted May 21, 2014, at the request of that court, effective immediately.
Issued: May 21, 2014
Effective: May 21, 2014

2014-01 - Appointment of Chief Judge of the 39th Circuit Court
Issued: May 21, 2014
Effective: Immediately
Term Expiration: December 31, 2015

2014-01 - Assignment of Business Court Judge in 38th Circuit Court
Issued: May 21, 2014
Effective: June 1, 2014
Term Expiration: April 1, 2019

At the Bar

The State Bar of Michigan’s Public Policy, Image, and Identity Committee will meet Friday, May 30. For more information, please contact pcunningham@mail.michbar.org

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