Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
July 29-August 4, 2013
Volume 11 Issue 31

Reminder: Vacancy for State Bar Position on Michigan Indigent Defense Commission
The State Bar Board of Commissioners is seeking names of persons interested in appointment to the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission. The deadline for submission is this Friday, August 9. For more information, including instructions for submission, please click here.

In the Capitol
Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 7/31
View all bills introduced 7/31
Of General Interest
SB 0449 Labor; hours and wages; family education leave act; create. Creates new act.

SB 0457 Children; adoption; second parent adoption; provide for. Amends secs. 24 & 51, ch. X of 1939 PA 288 (MCL 710.24 & 710.51).

At the Bar
Changes to the Michigan Code of Judicial Conduct Effective August 1

The August 2013 issue of the Michigan Bar Journal is now available online.

Sections and Committees
The Civil Procedure & Courts Committee submitted public policy positions on the following items:
Support: HB 4694 Courts, circuit court; Courts, district court; Mental health, other. Courts; circuit court; mental health court; create. Amends 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.101 - 600.9947) by adding ch. heading & secs. 1090, 1091, 1092 & 1093.

Support: HB 4695 Courts, circuit court; Courts, district court; Mental health, other. Courts; circuit court; mental health court; create. Amends 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.101 - 600.9947) by adding secs. 1097 & 1098.

Support: HB 4696 Courts, circuit court; Courts, district court; Mental health, other. Courts; circuit court; mental health court; create. Amends 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.101 - 600.9947) by adding secs. 1094, 1095 & 1096.

Support: HB 4697 Courts, circuit court; Courts, district court; Mental health, other. Courts; circuit court; mental health court; create. Amends 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.101 - 600.9947) by adding secs. 1099 & 1099a.

Oppose: HB 4763 Traffic control, traffic regulation. Traffic control; traffic regulation; use of automated traffic enforcement safety devices at certain intersections; allow. Amends secs. 727c & 741 of 1949 PA 300 (MCL 257.727c & 257.741) & adds div. heading & adds secs. 751, 752, 753, 754, 755, 756, 757, 758, 759, 760, 761 & 762.

Oppose: HB 4830 Civil procedure, evictions; Businesses, limited liability companies; Businesses, business corporations; Businesses, partnerships; Occupations, attorneys. Civil procedure; evictions; legal representation; allow corporation, partnership, or limited liability company to appear without an attorney. Amends 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.101 - 600.9947) by adding sec. 5707.

The Criminal Issues Initiative submitted public policy positions on the following items:
Support: HB 4694 Courts, circuit court; Courts, district court; Mental health, other. Courts; circuit court; mental health court; create. Amends 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.101 - 600.9947) by adding ch. heading & secs. 1090, 1091, 1092 & 1093.

Support: HB 4695 Courts, circuit court; Courts, district court; Mental health, other. Courts; circuit court; mental health court; create. Amends 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.101 - 600.9947) by adding secs. 1097 & 1098.

Support: HB 4696 Courts, circuit court; Courts, district court; Mental health, other. Courts; circuit court; mental health court; create. Amends 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.101 - 600.9947) by adding secs. 1094, 1095 & 1096.

Support: HB 4697 Courts, circuit court; Courts, district court; Mental health, other. Courts; circuit court; mental health court; create. Amends 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.101 - 600.9947) by adding secs. 1099 & 1099a.

The Criminal Jurisprudence & Practice Committee submitted public policy positions on the following items:
Support: HB 4694 Courts, circuit court; Courts, district court; Mental health, other. Courts; circuit court; mental health court; create. Amends 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.101 - 600.9947) by adding ch. heading & secs. 1090, 1091, 1092 & 1093.

Support: HB 4695 Courts, circuit court; Courts, district court; Mental health, other. Courts; circuit court; mental health court; create. Amends 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.101 - 600.9947) by adding secs. 1097 & 1098.

Support: HB 4696 Courts, circuit court; Courts, district court; Mental health, other. Courts; circuit court; mental health court; create. Amends 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.101 - 600.9947) by adding secs. 1094, 1095 & 1096.

Support: HB 4697 Courts, circuit court; Courts, district court; Mental health, other. Courts; circuit court; mental health court; create. Amends 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.101 - 600.9947) by adding secs. 1099 & 1099a.

The Equal Access Initiative submitted public policy positions on the following items:
Support: HB 4694 Courts, circuit court; Courts, district court; Mental health, other. Courts; circuit court; mental health court; create. Amends 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.101 - 600.9947) by adding ch. heading & secs. 1090, 1091, 1092 & 1093.

Support: HB 4695 Courts, circuit court; Courts, district court; Mental health, other. Courts; circuit court; mental health court; create. Amends 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.101 - 600.9947) by adding secs. 1097 & 1098.

Support: HB 4696 Courts, circuit court; Courts, district court; Mental health, other. Courts; circuit court; mental health court; create. Amends 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.101 - 600.9947) by adding secs. 1094, 1095 & 1096.

Support: HB 4697 Courts, circuit court; Courts, district court; Mental health, other. Courts; circuit court; mental health court; create. Amends 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.101 - 600.9947) by adding secs. 1099 & 1099a.

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