Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
May 25-31, 2009
Volume 7 Issue 22

FOCUS: Public Defense Congressional Hearing
Efforts to address the public defense crisis are ongoing, both in Michigan and at the national level. A second congressional hearing has been noticed for June 4 at 9:30 a.m. before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security. The hearing is titled "Indigent Representation: A Growing National Crisis." Information can be found online.

In the Capitol
Committee Meetings of Interest for the Week of June 1
6/3 House Judiciary
Agenda: HB 4451 Require a person to call 9-1-1 knowing an individual needs emergency help; HB 4322 Provide for penalty for falsely signing a community service form for certain individuals; HB 4537 Increase penalties for disrupting a religious service; HB 4794 Prohibit inclusion of personal identifying information in an order under the family support act unless required by law; HB 4795 Prohibit inclusion of personal identifying information in order of filiation unless required by law; HB 4796 Prohibit inclusion of personal identifying information in judgment unless required by law; HB 4845 Provide notice and statute of limitations for general amendments; Pending introduction and referral: Enact technical amendment to section 5851 of the Revised Judicature Act; and any other business properly before this committee.

6/3 House Senior Health, Security, and Retirement
Agenda: HB 5011 Prohibit magistrate from refusing to accept complaint because signed upon information and belief by individual other than the victim.

6/4 House Appropriations: Investigations, Intergovernmental Affairs, and Oversight
Agenda Item of Interest: Testimony from the Department of Corrections.

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 5/26–5/28
Of Interest to the Legal Community

HB 4988 Administrative procedure; rules; review of existing and new rules; provide for on a periodic basis. Amends sec. 53 of 1969 PA 306 (MCL 24.253).

HB 5009 Probate; trusts; personal property trust perpetuities act; limit application to certain property. Amends sec. 4 of 2008 PA 148 (MCL 554.94).

HB 5010 Probate; trusts; uniform statutory rule against perpetuities; revise to reflect limitation of the personal property trust perpetuities act to certain property. Amends sec. 5 of 1988 PA 418 (MCL 554.75).

HB 5011 Criminal procedure; arrests; complainant's signature requirement to file a criminal complaint in cases alleging vulnerable adult abuse; prohibit magistrate from refusing to accept complaint because signed upon information and belief by individual other than the victim. Amends sec. 1a, ch. IV of 1927 PA 175 (MCL 764.1a).

HB 5028 Human services; medical services; pooled trusts for individuals with disabilities; allow. Creates new act.

HB 5029 Disabilities; other; fees for licensing interpreters; create fund. Amends 1982 PA 204 (MCL 393.501393.509) by adding sec. 8f.

In the Hall of Justice
Adoptions Increase of 14 Percent seen from State Adoption Forum; Project to Expand to Expedite Reunifications, Guardianships

Justice Elizabeth A. Weaver Reappointed to Governor's Task Force on Children's Justice; Chaired Task Force Since 1991

2009-01—Appointment of Chief Judge of the Lenawee County Probate Court

2009-01—Appointments to the Child Support Leadership Council

2009-01—Appointment to the Committee on Model Civil Jury Instructions

Federal News
Justices Ease Rules on Questioning
(New York Times, 5/26/09)

State News
At Mackinac Conference, Focus Changes to Diverse Businesses
(Detroit News, 5/30/09)

Keeping State's New Professionals a Hot Topic at Mackinac
(Detroit News, 5/30/09)

Voters Could Decide on Change to Michigan Business Tax
(Detroit Free Press, 5/29/09)

Michigan House OKs Smoking Ban
(Detroit Free Press, 5/27/09)

Cherry on Task to Restructure Government
(Lansing State Journal, 5/27/09)

Links of Interest
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