Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
August 3-9, 2009
Volume 7 Issue 32

We apologize that this week's update was not sent at its regular time.

FOCUS: SBM Forms Task Force on the Future of Michigan's Courts

In the Capitol
The Michigan Senate will reconvene on August 18. The Michigan House of Representatives reconvenes August 19.

Committee Meetings of Interest for the Week of 8/10
8/12 House Judiciary: Corrections Reform
Agenda: The Interstate Corrections Compact; Housing of Out-of-State Inmates and Guantanamo Bay Prisoners.

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 8/4–8/5
Of Interest to the Legal Community
HB 5227 Property tax; assessments; transfer of ownership; revise to exclude transfer to children of principal residence property. Amends sec. 27a of 1893 PA 206 (MCL 211.27a).

HB 5230 Property tax; fees for appealing property tax to the Michigan tax tribunal; revise. Amends sec. 37 of 1973 PA 186 (MCL 205.737).

SB 0715 Drains; financing; notice of review of apportionment of benefits; require additional information. Amends sec. 154 of 1956 PA 40 (MCL 280.154).

SB 0717 Identity theft; data security; Michigan information security program standards act; create. Creates new act.

SB 0719 Courts; records; use of electronic seals on court documents; allow. Amends sec. 2 of 1895 PA 198 (MCL 565.232).

SB 0720 Courts; records; definition of "seal"; expand to include the use of electronic seals on court documents. Amends sec. 3n of 1846 RS 1 (MCL 8.3n).

Of General Interest
HB 5222 Water; other; groundwater dispute resolution program; eliminate. Repeals pt. 317 of 1994 PA 451 (MCL 324.31201324.31713).

HB 5224 Legislature; legislative agencies; requirement for certain printed publications distributed to legislators; eliminate. Amends secs. 2, 6, 30 & 37 of 1899 PA 44 (MCL 24.2 et seq.).

SB 0723 Children; child care; child care provider to give notice to parents and guardians regarding incidents involving serious injury or death; require. Amends sec. 11 of 1973 PA 116 (MCL 722.121) & adds sec. 3g.

In the Hall of Justice
Lorraine H. Weber of Detroit Named Director of Access and Fairness for Michigan Supreme Court; Efforts to Focus on Improved Access to Courts, Public Confidence in Justice System

Proposed Amendments
2008-39—Proposed Amendments of Rules 6.425 and 6.610 of the Michigan Court Rules
The proposed amendments of Rules 6.425 and 6.610 of the Michigan Court Rules were submitted by the Representative Assembly of the State Bar of Michigan and would increase the time within which a court is required to provide copies of the presentence report to the prosecutor, the defendant's lawyer, or the defendant if not represented by a lawyer, to two business days before the day of sentencing. If the report is not made available at least two days before sentencing, the defendant's lawyer, or the defendant, if not represented by a lawyer, would be entitled to adjournment to prepare necessary corrections, additions, or deletions to present to the court. The proposed revisions of these rules also would prohibit the inclusion of specific information in the report about the victim or witness.
Issued: August 5, 2009
Comment period expires: December 1, 2009
Public hearing: To be scheduled

At the Bar
Registration Open for Annual Meeting

Federal News
Mentally Ill Offenders Strain Juvenile System
(New York Times, 8/9/09)

Sotomayor Sworn In as Supreme Court Justice
(Washington Times, 8/8/09)

State News
State Tax Revenues Unable to Keep Pace
(Lansing State Journal, 8/10/09)

GOP Urged to Raise Taxes on Gas, Boost Vehicle Fees
(Lansing State Journal, 8/7/09)

Court Program Addresses Mental Illness
(Traverse City Record Eagle, 8/6/09)

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