Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
September 1-7, 2008
Volume 6 Issue 36

In the Capitol
The Michigan House of Representatives and Senate return to session on Tuesday, September 9.
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Committee Meetings of Interest for the Week of 9/8
9/9 Senate Families and Human Services
Agenda Items of Interest: SB 1423 Make miscellaneous revisions to the friend of the court act; SB 1424 Modify enforcement of parenting time duties by friend of the court; SB 1425 Revise reference to domestic relations mediation in child custody act to reflect amendment to friend of the court act; SB 1427 Provide for consolidated fees from divorce, paternity, and family support acts; SB 1428 Allow contract of certain services through state court administrative office, and eliminate child support bench warrant enforcement fund; SB 1429 Revise collection and distribution of child support provision; SB 1430 Revise collection and distribution of child support provision, and allow friend of the court to prosecute certain paternity actions; SB 1431 Revise collection and distribution of child support provision, and allow friend of the court to prosecute certain family support actions.

9/10 House Judiciary
Agenda: HB 6277 Modify miscellaneous procedural provisions for medical malpractice actions.

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 9/3
Of Interest to the Legal Community

HB 6394 Land use; zoning and growth management; filing lawsuits intended to limit public participation; provide for sanctions. Amends 2006 PA 110 (MCL 125.3101125.3702) by adding sec. 409.

In the Hall of Justice
The Michigan Supreme Court will hold an administrative public hearing on Wednesday, September 24, 2008, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Supreme Court courtroom located on the sixth floor of the Michigan Hall of Justice, 925 W. Ottawa Street, Lansing, Michigan 48915.

Public Hearing Agenda

To reserve a place on the agenda, please notify the Office of the Clerk of the Court in writing at P.O. Box 30052, Lansing, Michigan 48909, or by e-mail to, no later than Monday, September 22, 2008.

At the Bar
The State Bar of Michigan's Public Policy, Image, and Identity Committee will meet on September 17, 2008. For more information, please contact

The September 2008 edition of the Michigan Bar Journal is now available online. Please visit

State News
Dems Pin Top-Court Hopes on Hathaway
(Detroit Free Press, 9/7/08)

State: Dillon Recall Attempt on Ballot
(Detroit News, 9/6/08)

Jury Reform Effort Begins This Month
(Lansing State Journal, 9/4/08)

Supporters Argue for Reform Vote
(Detroit News, 9/4/08)

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