Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
July 27—August 2, 2009
Volume 7 Issue 31

FOCUS: The Foster Care Review Board's 2008 Annual Report is available online. County-specific data charts will be available in the coming weeks.

In the Capitol
The Michigan Senate is scheduled to be in session on Tuesday, August 4. The Michigan House of Representatives will reconvene on August 11.
House Session Schedule
Senate Session Schedule

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 07/28
Of Interest to the Legal Community

HB 5215 Probate; guardians and conservators; grant of full or limited powers to guardian of legally incapacitated individual; clarify, and provide for notice to individual of his or her rights. Amends secs. 5306, 5314, 5315 & 5316 of 1998 PA 386 (MCL 700.5306 et seq.) & adds sec. 5306a.

In the Hall of Justice
Proposed Amendments
2008-38—Proposed Amendment of Rule 6.201 of the Michigan Court Rules
This proposal was submitted to the Michigan Supreme Court by the State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly. It would require prosecutors to maintain electronic recording evidence made by governmental agencies until the time for all appeals has expired. Failure to preserve evidence would entitle the defendant to a jury instruction that jurors may presume any evidence not produced was adverse to the prosecution.
Issued: July 31, 2009
Comment period expires: November 1, 2009
Public hearing: To be scheduled

At the Bar
Judicial Vacancy—Leelanau County Probate Court
Hon. Joseph E. Deegan is vacating his seat on the Leelanau County Probate Court. State Bar members interested in applying for the judgeship should submit an application by August 19, 2009.
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The State Bar of Michigan submitted a Public Policy position report on ADM File No. 2009-04: Proposals Regarding Procedure for Disqualification of Supreme Court Justices.

SBM YLS Seeks Volunteers For Fourth Annual Back-to-School Bash

SBM and Michigan Supreme Court Collaborate to Establish Virtual Court Web Page

SBM and Cooley Law School Partner to Expand Pilot on Professionalism and Ethics

The August Issue of the Michigan Bar Journal is now available online.

State News
Gov. Granholm Considering Option to Double Michigan Beer Tax
(, 8/3/09)

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