Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
November 11–17, 2013
Volume 11 Issue 46

In the Capitol
The Legislature is on break until December 3, 2013.
House Session Schedule
Senate Session Schedule

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 11/5 – 11/7
View all bills introduced 11/5-11/7
Of Interest to the Legal Community
HB 5127 Criminal procedure; sentencing; assessment fee for conviction of a misdemeanor or felony; create, and earmark into a safe and secure schools fund. Amends sec. 1j, ch. IX of 1927 PA 175 (MCL 769.1j).

SB 0670 State financing and management; funds; redistribution of certain revenue in justice system fund from legislative retirement system to general fund; provide for. Amends sec. 181 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.181).

Of General Interest
HB 5139 Family law; parenting time; right to first refusal of child care for children during other parent's normal parenting time; provide for. Amends 1970 PA 91 (MCL 722.21 - 722.31) by adding sec. 7c.

SB 0663 Torts; product liability; liability of vehicle manufacturer or upfitter for damages resulting from modifications made by a third party to an automated vehicle or automated vehicle technology; limit under certain circumstances. Amends 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.101 - 600.9947) by adding sec. 2949b.

Legislation Introduced 11/12 – 11/14
View all bills introduced 11/12-11/14
Of Interest to the Legal Community
HB 5153 Courts; judges; salary formula for judges; modify. Amends secs. 304, 555, 821& 8202 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.304 et seq.).

HB 5154 Criminal procedure; preliminary examination; certain rules and procedures for conducting a preliminary examination; revise. Amends secs. 4, 7, 11a, 11b & 13, ch. VI of 1927 PA 175 (MCL 766.4 et seq.).

HB 5155 Courts; district court; probable cause conferences in felony and misdemeanor cases; clarify district court's jurisdiction. Amends secs. 8311 & 8511 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.8311 & 600.8511) & repeals sec. 2167 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.2167).

HB 5156 Courts; judges; court of claims exceptions to trial by court without jury; provide for under certain circumstances. Amends sec. 6421 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.6421).

HB 5158 Law enforcement; other; human trafficking commission; create. Creates new act.

Of General Interest
HB 5162 Probate; wills and estates; individuals authorized to make disposition arrangements for decedent; modify. Amends secs. 3206, 3207, 3208, 3209 & 3614 of 1998 PA 386 (MCL 700.3206 et seq.) & adds sec. 3210.

SB 0675 Elections; offenses; knowingly making false assertions, representations, or statements of fact about a candidate; clarify and designate as misdemeanor. Amends sec. 931 of 1954 PA 116 (MCL 168.931).

In the Hall of Justice
2013 Child Welfare Award winners announced Foster Care Review Board recognizes honorees for helping children in foster care

Other Actions
ADM File No. 2013-01 - Assignment of Judges to the Court of Claims
Issued: November 13, 2013
Effective: November 13, 2013

At the Bar
The State Bar of Michigan’s Public Policy, Image, and Identity Committee and Board of Commissioners will meet Friday, November 22. For more information, please contact

Advisory: Court of Claims Legislation

SBM Launches 2014 Law Day Contest: More Than $3,000 in Prizes Available

Sections and Committees
The Prisons & Corrections Section submitted a public policy position report on the following item:
Support: HB 5025 Criminal procedure; expunction; victim of human trafficking to set aside certain prostitution convictions; allow under certain circumstances. Amends secs. 1, 2 & 4 of 1965 PA 213 (MCL 780.621 et seq.).

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