Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
October 21–27, 2013
Volume 11 Issue 43

In the Capitol
Focus: Two new bills would impact courts in Michigan
Last week two bills were introduced that would impact courts in Michigan. Both bills are before Senate Judiciary on Tuesday. SB 652 shifts the duties of the Court of Claims from Ingham Circuit Court to the Court of Appeals. The Court of Claims handles all claims against state government involving more than $1,000. According to the bill, the Supreme Court would assign four Court of Appeals judges from at least two of the four Court of Appeals districts to serve as on the Court of Claims. The second bill, SB 653, contains many of the recommendations suggested in the Judicial Resources Recommendations Report issued by SCAO earlier this year.

Committee meetings of interest for the week of 10/28
10/29 Senate Judiciary
Agenda:
SB652 Provide for certain number of court of appeals judges to serve as court of claims judges, and expand jurisdiction;
SB653 Require revise number of judgeships in compliance with state court administrator's office judges' report, and provide for the consolidation of certain courts;
And any other business properly before the committee.

10/29 House Appropriations: Corrections
Agenda: Reforms in the Department of Corrections - Testimony from Citizens for Prison Reform; - Public Testimony.

10/30 House Criminal Justice
Agenda:
HB 4895 Increase penalty for concealment of a stolen vehicle with prior convictions;
HB 4896 Enact crime of receiving and concealing a motor vehicle, second or subsequent offense;
HB 4907 Provide for technical amendments;
HB 4908 Revise sentencing guidelines for certain arson violations;
SB 409 Include unlawful imprisonment as predicate offense for first degree murder;
SB 76 Prohibit loitering within 1,000 feet of day care center, and regulate certain other conduct in school safety zones;
SB 77 Enact sentencing guidelines for crime of registered sex offender loitering within 1,000 feet of a day care center.

 

10/30 House Families, Children, and Seniors
Agenda Item of Interest:
HB 4893 Require certain notifications to recipients regarding expungement, limit maintenance of records to 10 years, and add certain individuals to the list of those who may receive the confidential record.

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 10/22 –10/24
View all bills introduced 10/22-10/24
Of Interest to the Legal Community
SB 0633 Traffic control; other; option of community service in lieu of payment of driver responsibility fees; allow in certain circumstances. Amends sec. 732a of 1949 PA 300 (MCL 257.732a) & adds sec. 732b.

SB 0652 Courts; judges; court of claims; provide for certain number of court of appeals judges to serve as court of claims judges, and expand jurisdiction. Amends secs. 308, 841, 6404, 6407, 6410, 6413, 6419, 6421 & 8304 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.308 et seq.) & repeals sec. 6419a of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.6419a).

SB 0653 Courts; judges; revise number of judgeships in compliance with state court administrator's office judges' report; require, and provide for the consolidation of certain courts. Amends secs. 504, 507, 517, 518, 8121, 8130, 8134, 8135 & 8159 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.504 et seq.).

At the Bar
July 2013 Bar Exam Admission Ceremonies

SBM to Present "Tips and Tools" for a Successful Practice Seminar on Tuesday, Nov. 5 in Lansing

SBM Paralegal/Legal Assistant Section to Host a Meet & Greet Nov. 8 in Grand Rapids

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