Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
June 2, 2014
Volume 12 Issue 22

In the Capitol
Committee meetings of interest for the week of 6/2
6/3 Senate Judiciary, 2:30 PM, Farnum Room 110
Agenda:
HB 5082 Create parenting coordinator;
HB 5591 Exclude visibility of certain parts of a woman's anatomy while breastfeeding child from indecent exposure law;
HB 5592 Exclude visibility of certain parts of a woman's anatomy while breastfeeding child from disorderly conduct law;
And any other business properly before the committee.
State Bar of Michigan Position on HB 5082: Support.
Family Law Section Position on HB 5082: Support.

6/4 House Commerce, 10:30 AM, House Office Building Room 519
Agenda Items of Interest:
HB 5390 Modify liability of garnishee in writ of garnishment regarding periodic payments; modify liability of garnishee;
HB 5391 Include certain reimbursements related to garnishment in deductions from wages without written consent of employee.

6/4 House Criminal Justice, 10:30 AM, House Office Building Room 327
Agenda:
HR 382 A resolution to urge the Congress of the United States to approve President Obama’s budget proposal to provide $35 million to help communities process evidence from untested sexual assault kits;
HCR 32 A concurrent resolution to urge the Congress of the United States to approve President Obama’s budget proposal to provide $35 million to help communities process evidence from untested sexual assault kits;
SB 535 Create methamphetamine offenders registry, and require offenders to obtain a prescription to purchase ephedrine or pseudoephedrine products for a period of 10 years;
SB 756 Prohibit selling or furnishing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine without a prescription to individual previously convicted of methamphetamine-related offense under certain circumstances;
HB 5363 Prohibit purchasing or possessing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine knowing or having reason to know it is intended to be used to manufacture methamphetamine, and provide a penalty;
SB 563 Enact sentencing guidelines for crime of purchasing or possessing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine knowing that it will be combined with any other quantity of ephedrine or pseudoephedrine for the purpose of manufacturing or attempting to manufacture methamphetamine;
HB 5089 Prohibit purchasing or attempting to purchase ephedrine or pseudoephedrine knowing that it will be combined with any other quantity of ephedrine or pseudoephedrine for the purpose of manufacturing or attempting to manufacture methamphetamine and provide a penalty;
HB 5090 Enact sentencing guidelines for crime of purchasing or attempting to purchase ephedrine or pseudoephedrine knowing that it will be combined with any other quantity of ephedrine or pseudoephedrine for the purpose of manufacturing or attempting to manufacture methamphetamine;
And any other business properly before the committee.

6/4 House Families, Children, and Seniors, 12:00 PM, House Office Building Room 519
Agenda:
SB 520 Clarify restitution orders for crime of nonpayment of support;
SB 521 Allow authority of friend of the court to issue subpoenas for show cause and notice to appear, and provide for other general amendments;
SB 522 Repeal certain child support fees;
SB 526 Modify assignments of support process;
SB 527 Require payment for fees for actions involving child custody, support, or parenting time at time action is filed;
SB 528 Update distribution of lottery winnings for child support arrearages to reflect payment to the state disbursement unit;
SB 529 Modify child support allocation and distribution determination authority;
SB 530 Modify powers and duties of office of child support, and provide other general amendments;
And any other business properly before the committee.
State Bar of Michigan Position on SB 520: Oppose.
Civil Procedure & Courts Committee Position on SB 520: Oppose.
Family Law Section Position on SB 520: Oppose and Amend.
State Bar of Michigan Position on SB 521: Support.
Family Law Section Position on SB 521: Support and Amend.
Family Law Section Position on SB 522: Support.
Family Law Section Position on SB 526: Support.
Family Law Section Position on SB 527: Support.
Family Law Section Position on SB 528: Support.
Family Law Section Position on SB 529: Support.
Family Law Section Position on SB 530: Support.

6/5 House Judiciary, 9:00 AM, House Office Building Room 521
Agenda:
HB 5545 Allow criminal record expunction for certain offenses under certain circumstances;
SB 705 Require recording of hearing involving minor to be maintained pursuant to supreme court rules;
HCR 13 A concurrent resolution to memorialize the Congress of the United States to adopt and present to the states for ratification an amendment to the United States Constitution that would establish a fundamental parental right;
Or any business properly before this committee.

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 4649 (Foster Care and Adoption Services Act) passed the House on May 27, 110-0.

HB 4650 (Children’s Ombudsman Act) passed the House on May 27, 110-0.

HB 5246 (Code of Criminal Procedure, Use of Electronic Video Equipment for Issuance of Warrants) advanced to the third reading on May 28 with substitute H-2.

HB 5270HB 5272 advanced to the third reading in the House on May 28.
State Bar of Michigan Position on HB 5270, HB 5271, and HB 5272: Support.
Children’s Law Section Position on HB 5270: Support.
Criminal Law Section Position on HB 5270: Support.

HB 5383 (Code of Criminal Procedure, Expert Witness Testimony Concerning Chemical Testing) advanced to the third reading in the House on May 28 with substitute H-2.
Criminal Law Section Position: Oppose and Amend.

SB 0628 (Delivery of Victim Statement by Parents of a Minor) was signed by the Governor on May 27 and is now Public Act 133.

SB 714 (Uniform Collaborative Law Act) was enrolled by the Senate on May 27.
State Bar of Michigan Position on SB 0714: Support.
Family Law Section Position on SB 0714: Support.

Legislation Introduced 5/27 – 5/29
View all bills introduced 5/27-5/29
Of General Interest
HB 5614 Traffic control; violations; operation of a motor vehicle on property open to public in a manner that would be a moving violation if on public property causing death or serious impairment of a body function; prohibit, and provide penalties. Amends sec. 601d of 1949 PA 300 (MCL 257.601d).

HJR FF Legislature; rules; bills take effect upon the expiration of 90 days after the date they are filed with the secretary of state; provide for. Amends sec. 27, art. IV of the state constitution.

SB 0958 Criminal procedure; arrests; strip search; eliminate "reasonable cause" requirement for conducting under certain circumstances. Amends sec. 25a, ch. IV of 1927 PA 175 (MCL 764.25a).

New Public Acts

At the Bar

Vote Now in the 2014 State Bar of Michigan Elections

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan Gives Notice of Proposed Amendments to Local Rules and Proposed New Rules

Sections and Committees
The Family Law Section submitted a public policy position report on the following item:
Support: HB 5082 Family law; parenting time; parenting coordinator; create. Amends 1970 PA 91 (MCL 722.21 - 722.31) by adding sec. 7c.

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