Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
November 18–24, 2013
Volume 11 Issue 47

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

In the Hall of Justice
Midland Judge Dorene S. Allen to receive Daniel J. Wright Award

Michigan Adoption Day 2013 to be Held Tuesday, November 26

At the Bar
The State Bar of Michigan Board of Commissioners will meet on December 2, 2013, at 8:00 a.m. for the purpose of consideration of positions on HB 5153 and HB 5156.

In conformity with Administrative Order 2004-1, members have been notified of the meeting by posting on the SBM website and are able to express their opinions through the Member Comment Form of the Public Policy Resource Center, here. The Hudson Room at the State Bar will be open for members of the public who wish to attend the meeting.

SBM Real Property Law Section to Host Winter Conference in March in Las Vegas

The Board of Commissioners met on November 22, 2013, at which time the State Bar of Michigan adopted the following public policy positions:

ADM File No. 2013-28 Proposed Amendment of Rule 2.510 of the Michigan Court Rules
The proposed amendments of MCR 2.510 would allow courts to authorize prospective jurors to complete and return questionnaires electronically, and would allow courts to create and maintain them electronically (i.e., in any medium authorized by court rules pursuant to MCR 1.109). The proposed change also would delete language in MCR 2.501(D) to clarify that the chief judge is responsible for initiation of the court's policies for summoning prospective jurors.
SBM Position: Support the proposed amendment with the amendment that the word "completed" in (C)(3) be changed to "returned" in order to match the language of (C)(1).

SB 518 Traffic control; traffic regulation; use of vehicle boots for failure to satisfy certain court obligations; allow. Amends sec. 4803 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.4803).
SBM Position: Oppose.

Sections and Committees
The Civil Procedure & Courts Committee submitted a public policy position report on the following item:
Oppose: SB 518 Traffic control; traffic regulation; use of vehicle boots for failure to satisfy certain court obligations; allow. Amends sec. 4803 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.4803).

The Criminal Jurisprudence & Practice Committee submitted a public policy position report on the following item:
Oppose: SB 518 Traffic control; traffic regulation; use of vehicle boots for failure to satisfy certain court obligations; allow. Amends sec. 4803 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.4803).

The Justice Policy Initiative submitted a public policy position report on the following item:
Oppose: SB 518 Traffic control; traffic regulation; use of vehicle boots for failure to satisfy certain court obligations; allow. Amends sec. 4803 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.4803).

Links of Interest
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