Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
July 19–25, 2010
Volume 8 Issue 30

Don't Forget to Vote! The Michigan Primary Election is Tuesday, August 3, 2010.
2010 Official Michigan Primary Candidate Listing
Michigan Voter Information Center

In the Capitol
Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 7/21
Of General Interest

HB 6327 Crimes; computer; electronic mail fraud regulatory act; create.

HB 6328 Crimes; penalties; determinate sentences; provide for.

HB 6329 Corrections; parole; prisoners serving determinate sentences; exempt from parole system.

HB 6330 Corrections; prisoners; good behavior credits for prisoners serving determinate sentences; provide for.

In the Hall of Justice
Volunteer Docents Honored for Work With Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center

At the Bar
FOCUS: The Board of Commissioners met on July 23, 2010, at which time the State Bar of Michigan adopted the following Public Policy positions by a unanimous vote:

2005-32 Proposed Amendments of Rules 2.101, 2.102, 2.113, 2.603, 3.101, and 8.119 of the Michigan Court Rules
This proposal, recommended by a workgroup authorized by the Supreme Court, would establish specific rules for court clerks to screen documents that are submitted to a court for filing and return those documents that do not conform to certain minimum filing requirements.
SBM Position: Oppose

2009-19 Proposed Amendments of Rules 6.425, 6.502, 7.204, and 7.205 of the Michigan Court Rules
The amendments proposed in this order would impose time limits for the filing of motions for relief from judgment in criminal cases and would shorten time limits for late appeals in both civil and criminal actions. In proposed amendments of MCR 7.204 and MCR 7.205, alternative provisions are offered, under which, upon a showing of excusable neglect, the Court of Appeals or a trial court may grant an extension of time for filing a late appeal.
SBM Position: Oppose

Federal News
Court Under Roberts Is Most Conservative in Decades
(New York Times, 7/24/10)

State News
Michigan May Lose $560M in Medicaid Funding
(Detroit News, 7/23/10)

New Michigan Budget Remains Elusive
(Lansing State Journal, 7/22/10)

Links of Interest
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