Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
July 21–27, 2008
Volume 6 Issue 30

In the Capitol
The Michigan House of Representatives and the Senate are adjourned until August 13.
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Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 7/23–7/24
Of Interest to the Legal Community
HB 6321 Civil procedure; evictions; property managers; allow to represent landlords in eviction proceedings.

HB 6351 Torts; liability; openness and obviousness of conditions on property; make an issue of comparative negligence.

SB 1445 Businesses; limited liability companies; formation of low-profit limited liability company; authorize.

SB 1446 Businesses; limited liability companies; naming requirements for limited liability companies; revise for low-profit limited liability company.

SB 1452 Criminal procedure; warrants; issuance of certain search warrants; revise.

At the Bar
Judicial Vacancy—5th District Court
Hon. Lynda A. Tolen is vacating her seat on the 5th District Court. State Bar members interested in applying for the judgeship should submit an application by August 8, 2008.
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SBM Announces 2008 Election Results

FOCUS: The Board of Commissioners met on Friday, July 25, 2008 at which time the State Bar of Michigan adopted the following Public Policy positions. All positions were adopted by a unanimous vote.

2007-28—Proposed Amendment of Rule 3.901 of the Michigan Court Rules; Proposed Adoption of New Rule 3.930 of the Michigan Court Rules

The proposal would allow the court to return or destroy exhibits within 56 days of the completion of the trial or hearing. In addition, the admission of an exhibit into evidence would not change the confidential nature of that exhibit, and the court would be required to maintain confidential exhibits in accordance with MCR 3.903(A)(3).
SBM Position: Support

HB 6157 (Sak) Civil procedure; civil actions; limitation on recovery amount allowed in small claims suits; revise. Amends sec. 8401 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.8401).
SBM Position: Support an increase based on inflation and a schedule of future increase.

State News
Constitutional Rewrite Faces Hurdles
(Lansing State Journal, 7/25/08)

Complaint: Reform Michigan Group Failed to Report Money Spent on Plan
(Detroit Free Press, 7/23/08)

Links of Interest
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