Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
Spetember 2-8, 2013
Volume 11 Issue 36

In the Capitol
Committee meetings of interest for the week of 9/9
9/11 House Criminal Justice
HB 4567 Increase penalties for certain alcohol- and drug-related driving violations (Voting);
HB 4568 Revise sentencing guidelines for certain alcohol- and controlled substance-related driving violations (Voting);
HB 4792 Provide for sentencing guidelines for crime of committing a moving violation causing death of vulnerable roadway user (Testimony Only);
HB 4799 Enhance penalties for moving violation causing physical injury or death to a vulnerable roadway user (Testimony Only).

9/12 House Judiciary
HB 4694 Create mental health court;
HB 4695 Create mental health court;
HB 4696 Create mental health court;
HB 4697 Create mental health court;
HB 4770 Establish requirements for gaining access to motor vehicle accident reports within 30 days of the report being filed, and provide penalties for noncompliance;
HB 4771 Prohibit intentionally contacting individual who has sustained personal injury or family member of that individual with direct solicitation to provide service under certain circumstances and provide a penalty;
HB 4772 Establish sentencing guidelines for crime of unlawfully accessing motor vehicle accident report.
SBM Position on HB 4694-HB 4697: Support the bills, but express the concern as to the success of the program without providing funding.
Civil Procedure & Courts Committee position on HB 4694-HB 4697: Support
Criminal Jurisprudence & Practice Committee position on HB 4694-HB 4697: Support
Criminal Issues Initiative position on HB 4694-HB 4697: Support
Equal Access Initiative position on HB 4694-HB 4697: Support
Negligence Law Section position on HB 4770-HB 4772: Support

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 8/26 – 8/27
View all bills introduced 3/22 – 3/24
Of Interest to the Legal Community
HB 4933 Occupations; attorneys; eligibility criteria for foreign attorney admission to the bar without examination; modify residency requirement. Amends sec. 946 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.946).

In the Hall of Justice

Rule Amendments
2012-24 – Amendments of Rules 2.614, 3.216, 3.804, 3.903, 3.905, 3.920, 3.925, 3.932, 3.965, 3.967, 3.977, 4.201, and 5.208 of the Michigan Court Rules and Amendments of Rules 4, 5, and 8 of the Rules for the Board of Law Examiners
These amendments reflect changes that correct minor technical errors that have occurred in drafting or the changes respond to recent adopted rule revisions, which occasionally inadvertently create incorrect cross-references in other rules.
Issued: September 5, 2013
Effective: September 5, 2013

At the Bar
State Bar of Michigan Annual Meeting Set for Sept. 18-20 at the Lansing Center

State Bar to Honor 2013 Award Winners at Sept. 18 Banquet in Lansing

State Bar Representative Assembly to Honor Three Award Winners on Sept. 19

Pro Bono Month Calls Attention to Unmet Civil Legal Needs of the Poor in Michigan

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