Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
July 9–15, 2012
Volume 10 Issue 28

In the Capitol
The Michigan House of Representatives will meet on July 18 at 10:00 a.m. The Senate will meet on July 18 at noon.
Senate Session Schedule
House Session Schedule

Committee Meetings of Interest for the Week of 7/16
7/17 House Appropriations: Corrections
Agenda: Presentations by Michigan Department of Corrections, Attorney General's Office, and State Appellate Defender Office on the implications of Supreme Court ruling for juvenile lifers with existing sentences.

7/17 House Appropriations
Agenda Item of Interest: SB 1160 Provide for restitution and authorize funding for various foreclosure counseling, blight elimination, and children's and veterans' assistance programs.

7/18 Senate Insurance
Agenda Items of Interest: SB 1115 Modify and clarify medical malpractice; procedures for entry of damage awards; SB 1116 Enact medical malpractice; physician judgment rule; SB 1117 Include nonlicensed health care providers in persons to whom medical malpractice provisions of the revised judicature act apply; SB 1118 Revise statute of limitations in period of limitations for survival actions and disallow prejudgment interest on attorney fees and costs.
Negligence Law Section Position on SB 1115–SB 1117: Oppose

7/18 Senate Judiciary
Agenda: HB 4834 Require photograph on medical marihuana card; HB 4851 Clarify definition of "bona fide physician-patient relationship"; HB 4853 Implement sentencing guidelines for crime of selling or providing medical marihuana to unprescribed user; HB 4856 Allow transporting medical marihuana in motor vehicle under certain circumstances; HB 5124 Establish concurrent jurisdiction in certain courts; HB 5225 Revise certain procedures for purchase and possession of pistols; HB 5498 Revise sentencing guidelines for certain firearm violations to reflect changes in substantive laws; HB 5499 Revise certain procedures for purchase and possession of pistols; HB 5466 Prohibt certain indemnification provisions in construction-related service contracts with public agencies; HB 5592 Extend effective period for writ of wage garnishment; HB 5159 Provide for the state drug treatment court advisory committee to monitor veterans treatment court; HB 5162 Create veterans treatment court; And any other business properly before the committee.
State Bar of Michigan Position on HB 5159 & HB 5162: Support
Family Law Section Position on HB 5124: Oppose

7/18 House Judiciary
Agenda: For referral to the Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security: HB 5163 Allow delegation of visitation rights for service members; Presentation on the Governor's Indigent Defense Advisory Commission Report.
Family Law Section Position on HB 5163: Oppose

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

In the Hall of Justice
Inkster Judge's Ethics Case to Be Heard by Michigan Supreme Court on July 18

At the Bar
Register Now for the Annual Meeting

Seminar to Empower Senior Citizens in Estate Planning Decisions Set for Aug. 1 in Nine Michigan Counties

SBM Domestic Violence Committee Offers Free Pro Bono Training

Federal News
Special Election to Replace Rep. Thaddeus McCotter May be Shelved
(Detroit Free Press, 7/14/12)

State News
Underage Drinkers Can Get Amnesty Under New Law (Lansing State Journal, 7/15/12)

Health Care on Agenda When Michigan Lawmakers Return
(Detroit Free Press, 7/14/12)
See also:
Michigan Health Care Expansion Meets GOP Resistance
(Detroit News, 7/16/12)

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