Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
July 15-21, 2013
Volume 11 Issue 29

In the Capitol
Committee meetings of interest for the week of 7/22
7/23 State Drug Treatment Court Advisory Committee

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 7/18
View all bills introduced 7/18
Of Interest to the Legal Community
HB 4893 Children; protection; central registry records; require certain notifications to recipients regarding expungement, limit maintenance of records to 10 years, and add certain individuals to the list of those who may receive the confidential record. Amends secs. 2, 7 & 8d of 1975 PA 238 (MCL 722.622 et seq.).

HB 4913 Civil procedure; civil actions; strategic lawsuits against public participation; limit. Amends 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.101 - 600.9947) by adding sec. 2978.

HB 4915 Crime victims; other; crime victim's rights fund; extend sunset. Amends sec. 4 of 1989 PA 196 (MCL 780.904).

Of General Interest
HB 4895 Criminal procedure; sentencing; penalty for concealment of a stolen vehicle; increase with prior convictions. Amends sec. 535 of 1931 PA 328 (MCL 750.535).

HB 4896 Criminal procedure; sentencing guidelines; crime of receiving and concealing a motor vehicle, second or subsequent offense; enact. Amends sec. 16z, ch. XVII of 1927 PA 175 (MCL 777.16z).

HB 4909 Family law; marriage and divorce; prohibition on same-sex marriage; remove. Amends secs. 2, 3 & 9 of 1846 RS 83 (MCL 551.2 et seq.) & repeals secs. 1 & 4 of 1846 RS 83 (MCL 551.1 & 551.4).

HB 4910 Family law; marriage and divorce; prohibition of same-sex marriage; remove from foreign marriage act. Amends secs. 1 of 1939 PA 168 (MCL 551.271) & repeals sec. 2 of 1939 PA 168 (MCL 551.272).


HB 4911 Law enforcement; investigations; law enforcement agencies to obtain consent or a search warrant to access or disclose certain location information obtained through GPS system; require. Amends secs. 539l & 540 of 1931 PA 328 (MCL 750.539l & 750.540).

HB 4912 Criminal procedure; sentencing guidelines; sentencing guidelines for violation of access to geolocation information requirements; enact. Amends sec. 16aa, ch. XVII of 1927 PA 175 (MCL 777.16aa).

HB 4917 Torts; civil procedure; asbestos actions; require disclosure regarding claims for compensation from asbestos trust funds. Amends 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.101 - 600.9947) by adding ch. 30A.

HJR V Family law; marriage and divorce; constitutional prohibition of same-sex marriage and civil unions; repeal. Repeals sec. 25, art. I of the state constitution.

In the Hall of Justice
Jerome W. Zimmer, Jr., named Michigan Court of Appeals Chief Clerk

Customer surveys aimed at improving public's experience with courts

At the Bar
Judicial Vacancy – 76th District Court, Isabella County
Hon. William R. Rush is vacating his seat at 76th District Court, Isabella County. State Bar members interested in applying for the judgeship should submit an application by August 15, 2013.
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SBM Announces 2013 Award Recipients

Links of Interest
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