Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
December 1–7, 2008
Volume 6 Issue 49

In the Capitol
Committee Meetings of Interest for the Week of 12/8
12/9 House Judiciary
Agenda: SB 291 Create gang felony crimes; SB 292 Enact sentencing guidelines for gang felonies; SB 660 Prohibit gang activity and provide penalties; SB 661 Enact sentencing guidelines for crimes involving gangs and assign 50 points under offense variable 13 under certain circumstances; SB 1622 Revise liability for false or fraudulent claims to the medicaid program; SB 1193 Include theft of a catalytic converter as basis for larceny from a vehicle; SB 1066 Allow attendance at basic driver improvement course in lieu of being found responsible for traffic violation under certain circumstances; SB 1413 Allow participation by this state in national crime prevention and privacy compact; SB 524 Increase retirement allowance for judges.
State Bar of Michigan Position on SB 291: Oppose

12/10 Senate Judiciary
Agenda: Any business to come properly before the committee.

12/10 House Judiciary
Agenda: SB 1629 Provide crime victims services commission payment of sexual assault medical forensic examination costs to health care providers under certain circumstances; SB 1414 Provide for reporting requirements of individuals with certain medical conditions to secretary of state; SB 1415 Revise and clarify driver license examination regarding existence of certain condition affecting applicant's ability to operate safely; SB 1572 Prohibit installation or use of motor vehicle tracking device under certain circumstances and provide penalty; SB 786 Revise limitation on recovery amount allowed in small claims suits; SB 158 Include committing act likely to cause physical harm to a child in definition of child abuse; SB 760 Revise sentencing guidelines for child abuse in the third degree to reflect citation change; SB 1134 Create high blood alcohol content drunk driving convictions as separate crime and provide for certain license sanctions and ignition interlock device requirements; SB 1483 Increase number of additional zones and renewable energy zones.
State Bar of Michigan Position on SB 786: Support a modest increase in the jurisdictional limit based on inflation and a set schedule of future increases.

Complete Committee Meeting List

Legislation Introduced 12/2–12/4
Of Interest to the Legal Community

SB 1651 Health facilities; hospitals; reporting requirements for hospital-acquired infections; provide for. Amends 1978 PA 368 (MCL 333.1101333.25211) by adding sec. 21525.

SB 1666 Civil procedure; foreclosure; foreclosure of mortgages judicially and by advertisement; require to comply with home foreclosure prevention act. Amends secs. 3101, 3208 & 3216 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.3101 et seq.). TIE BAR WITH: SB 1667'08

SB 1668 Criminal procedure; expunction; setting aside convictions for solicitation or conspiracy to commit criminal sexual conduct; prohibit. Amends sec. 1 of 1965 PA 213 (MCL 780.621).

SB 1669 Traffic control; other; responsibility and payment method for driver responsibility fees; revise. Amends sec. 732a of 1949 PA 300 (MCL 257.732a).

Of General Interest
HB 6761 Property tax; delinquent taxes; technical amendments to the tax reverted clean title act; provide for. Amends secs. 4 & 5 of 2003 PA 260 (MCL 211.1024 & 211.1025).

SB 1667 Civil procedure; foreclosure; home foreclosure prevention act; create. Creates new act. TIE BAR WITH: SB 1666'08

State News
Legislature May Act on Budget Cuts this Week
(Lansing State Journal, 12/8/08)

Granholm Orders Cuts of Up to $150M
(Detroit News, 12/6/08)

Legislature Approves Dozens of Bills
(Detroit Free Press, 12/5/08)

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