Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
October 5—11, 2009
Volume 7 Issue 41

FOCUS: Foreclosures: A Crisis in Legal Representation
A new report released by the Brennan Center highlights the increased need for legal representation in the complicated world of foreclosures. The report recommends, among other things, increased funding for the Legal Services Corporation and the repeal of key legal services funding restrictions.

In the Capitol
Committee Meetings of Interest for the Week of 10/12
10/14 House Judiciary
Agenda: HB 4876 Exempt certain minors presenting themselves for treatment from underage drinking violation under certain circumstances; HB 5273 Create sobriety court interlock pilot project; HB 5274 Establish license sanction for repeat drunk driving offenders for DWI/sobriety court participants; HB 5167 Enact limits liability of successor corporation for asbestos claims; And any other business properly before this committee.

10/14 House Families and Children's Services
Agenda Items of Interest:
SB 99 Make miscellaneous revisions to friend of the court act; SB 100 Make miscellaneous changes to support and parenting time enforcement act; SB 105 Revise collection and distribution of child support provision; SB 106 Revise procedures for collection of medical expenses related to birth of a child born out of wedlock paid by medicaid, and revise collection and distribution of child support provisions; SB 107 Revise procedures for collection of medical expenses related to birth of a child whose parents are separated paid by medicaid, and revise collection and distribution of support provisions.

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 10/6–10/8
Of General Interest

HB 5501 Family law; friend of the court; reference to domestic relations mediation in child custody act; revise to reflect amendment to friend of the court act. Amends sec. 7b of 1970 PA 91 (MCL 722.27b).

HB 5502 Family law; child support; certain duties of the office of child support; establish, and eliminate child support bench warrant enforcement fund. Amends secs. 3 & 3a of 1971 PA 174 (MCL 400.233 & 400.233a) & repeals sec. 6a of 1971 PA 174 (MCL 400.236a).

HB 5503 Traffic control; driver license; procedures for suspension and reinstatement of driver license due to child support arrearage; revise. Amends secs. 321c of 1949 PA 300 (MCL 257.321c).

HB 5504 Civil procedure; costs and fees; consolidated fees from divorce, paternity, and family support acts; provide for. Amends secs. 2137, 2529 & 2538 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.2137 et seq.).

In the Hall of Justice
Possible Rules for Challenges to Medical Malpractice Filings Considered Last Week During Michigan Supreme Court's October 8 Public Administrative Conference

Supreme Court Hears First Oral Arguments of 2009-10 Term

At the Bar
Equal Access Initiative Wins Corp! Magazine's Diversity Champion Award

Annual Meeting Highlights

The October 2009 Environmental Law issue of the Michigan Bar Journal is now available online at This month's issue introduces the State Bar's 75th president, Charles R. Toy, and provides a comprehensive look at new and changing areas of environmental law, including new renewable and clean energy legislation and "green" contracts.

Federal News
Justices Decline to Hear Some 2,000 Cases
(New York Times, 10/5/09)
See related:
Justices to Grapple with Guns, Crime
(Washington Times, 10/5/09)

State News
GOP Won't Send 6 Budget Bills to Granholm
(Lansing State Journal, 10/11/09)
See Related:
Dillon Pushes for Structural Reforms
(Lansing State Journal, 10/11/09)
State Lawmakers OK K-12 School Budget
(Lansing State Journal, 10/9/09)
House Panel Votes to Extend Liquor Sale Hours
(Lansing State Journal, 10/8/09)
Mich. Took in $130M Less Than Expected in Sept.
(Lansing State Journal, 10/8/09)
State House Passes Tax Bill Package to Soften Cuts
(Detroit News, 10/6/09)

Michigan Supreme Court to Hear Insurance Rate Case
(Detroit News, 10/7/09)
See related:
Michigan High Court Hears First Arguments of New Term
(Detroit News, 10/6/09)

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