Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
October 26–November 1, 2009
Volume 7 Issue 44

In the Capitol
The Michigan House of Representatives and Senate will not be in session on November 3. The Michigan House of Representatives and Senate will reconvene on November 4.
House Session Schedule
Senate Session Schedule

Committee Meetings of Interest for the Week of 11/2
11/4 House Judiciary
Agenda: HB 4571 Modify miscellaneous procedural provisions for medical malpractice actions; HB 4915 Clarify and revise application of Michigan consumer protection act to certain conduct generally authorized by law; HB 5458 Reduce number of judgeships in certain circuits temporarily; HB 4192 Include sexual orientation and gender identity or expression as categories protected under the Elliott-Larsen civil rights act; HB 5318 Allow penalties, fines, or costs to be collected in same manner as civil money judgment. And any other business properly before this committee.
Consumer Law Section Position on HB 4915: Read Report

11/4 House Appropriation
Agenda Item of Interest: SB 776 Transfer specified portion of unencumbered balance of the juror compensation reimbursement fund to general fund for 2010 fiscal year only.

11/4 House Senior Health, Security, and Retirement
Agenda Item of Interest: HB 4621 Allow testimony of a vulnerable adult to be presented by videotape or closed-circuit television.

11/4 House Regulatory Reform
Agenda: HB 5029 Create fund for fees for licensing interpreters.

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 10/27–10/29
Of Interest to the Legal Community

SB 0947 Courts; judges; number of statewide judgeships; modify. Amends secs. 301, 302, 411, 504, 517, 526, 542, 547, 803, 807, 808, 809, 810, 8117, 8123, 8144, 8146, 8150, 8153, 8160, 8162, 8163 & 8176 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.301 et seq.) & adds secs. 303e & 810b.

SB 0959 Probate; guardians and conservators; process for expedited ex parte financial protection orders; provide for. Amends secs. 5404, 5405, 5406, 5407 & 5427 of 1998 PA 386 (MCL 700.5404 et seq.).

SB 0960 Occupations; notaries public; procedure for notary public when witnessing the signature of certain individuals; revise. Amends sec. 25 of 2003 PA 238 (MCL 55.285).

SB 0961 Criminal procedure; evidence; physician-patient privilege; provide for waiver if there are allegations that a vulnerable adult has been abused. Amends sec. 2157 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.2157).

Of General Interest
HB 5546 Torts; product liability; cap on damages; eliminate if injury or death resulted from use of a taser. Amends sec. 2946a of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.2946a).

SB 0945 Labor; collective bargaining; right-to-work zones; allow local units of government to establish. Amends sec. 14 of 1939 PA 176 (MCL 423.14) & adds sec. 14a.

SB 0951 Elections; petitions; review of ballot question petition by board of state canvassers before circulation; require. Amends 1954 PA 116 (MCL 168.1168.992) by adding sec. 483a.

SB 0952 Elections; petitions; form of a ballot question petition; revise. Amends sec. 482 of 1954 PA 116 (MCL 168.482).

SB 0953 Elections; petitions; posting of petition summary on secretary of state website; require. Amends 1954 PA 116 (MCL 168.1168.992) by adding sec. 483b.

SB 0954 Elections; petitions; technical amendments to Michigan election law concerning ballot question petitions; provide for. Amends sec. 488 of 1954 PA 116 (MCL 168.488).

In the Hall of Justice
The Michigan Supreme Court has a Public Administrative Conference scheduled for Thursday, November 5, following oral arguments.

At the Bar
Judicial Crossroads Task Force Begins its Work

July Bar Exam Results and Admission Ceremonies

Judicial Vacancy—18th District Probate Court
Hon. LaVail Hull is vacating his seat on the 18th District Probate Court. State Bar members interested in applying for the judgeship should submit an application by November 6, 2009.
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State News
2010 Budget Reforms Tougher
(Detroit News, 11/2/09)
See Related:
Granholm: Signed Budget Painful
(Lansing State Journal, 10/31/09)
Gov Vetoes State Fair, Seals $44B Budget
(Detroit News, 10/31/09)
Debate Begins Over Paying for Michigan Public Schools
(Detroit News, 10/31/09)
Region's Lawmakers Split Over Revenue
(Lansing State Journal, 10/29/09)
Granholm, Bishop Still Disagree On Revenue
(Lansing State Journal, 10/28/09)

Senate Shoots Down Doctor Tax
(Detroit Free Press, 10/28/09)

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