Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
October 24–30, 2011
Volume 9 Issue 44

In the Capitol
Committee Meetings of Interest for the Week of 10/31
11/1 House Appropriations: Human Services
Agenda: Presentations on Michigan's Child Support System.

11/1 Senate Judiciary
Agenda: SB 645 Prohibit prisoners receiving or possessing certain items; SB 59 Eliminate concealed weapons licensing boards, and transfer powers to secretary of state; SB 760 Modify definition of pistol; SB 761 Modify definition of pistol; SB 762 Modify definition of pistol; SB 778 Specify authorized uses for public road access to lakes or streams; And any other business properly before the committee.

11/3 House Judiciary
Agenda: HB 5074 Reduce in number certain district court judgeships; HB 5075 Reduce in number certain circuit court and district court judgeships; HB 5102 Reduce in number circuit court judgeships, and reorganize certain circuits; HB 5104 Reduce in number certain circuit court and district court judgeships; HB 5107 Reduce in number certain circuit court and district court judgeships; HB 5108 Reduce in number probate court judgeships; SB 416 Reduce in number circuit court and district court judges; HB 5077 Revise sentencing guidelines for crime of first degree and second degree child abuse, and provide penalties for crimes involving the commission of child abuse in the presence of another child; HB 5078 Enhance child abuse penalties, and provide penalties for crimes involving the commission of child abuse in the presence of another child.

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 10/25–10/27
View all bills introduced 10/25-10/27

Of Interest to the Legal Community
HB 5124 Courts; circuit court; concurrent jurisdiction in certain courts; establish. Amends secs. 401, 406, 407, 408, 410, 601, 841 & 8304 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.401 et seq.) & repeals sec. 411 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.411).

HB 5128 Courts; other; business court; create. Amends 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.101600.9947) by adding ch. 10B.

SB 774 Civil procedure; small claims; representation by attorney in small claims court; allow. Amends secs. 8408 & 8412 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.8408 & 600.8412).

Of General Interest
SB 776 Occupations; professional investigators; eligibility for license based on completion of degree or certification program; revise. Amends sec. 6 of 1965 PA 285 (MCL 338.826).

In the Hall of Justice
Other Actions
2011-01 Appointment of Chief Judge of the 7th Circuit Court, the 67th District Court, the 68th District Court, and the Genesee County Probate Court
Issued: October 26, 2011
Effective: Immediately for a term ending December 31, 2013

Federal News
Supreme Court to Weigh Effects of Bad Plea Advice
(New York Times, 10/30/11)

State News
Measure Would Extend Term Limits
(Lansing State Journal, 10/29/11)

Report: Mich. Had Nation's Costliest Court Races
(Detroit News, 10/27/11)

Macomb County Eyes New Business Court
(The Macomb Daily, 10/24/11)

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