House Bill 5374 (2012): Creates a budget for the DHS for fiscal 2012/13. Includes foster care staff cuts and Private Child Placing Agency Administrative Rate Increase and Foster Family Rate Increase. Link to House Introduced Bill and Fiscal Analysis
Senate Bill 934: CSC Against a Foster Care Resident
The bill would amend the Michigan Penal Code to make a situation in which an employee, contractor, or volunteer of a child care organization or a foster home licensee engaged in sexual penetration or sexual contact with a resident of a foster home would be treated as criminal sexual conduct (CSC).
Senate Bill 1005 Modifies some reasons for termination of parental rights and adds a requirement for additional training for Lawyer Guardian ad Litems.
Content Summary/Analysis: The bill would amend the juvenile code to do the following:
- Allow the family division of circuit court (family court) to terminate a parent’s parental rights to a child if the parent were required to register under the Sex Offenders Registration Act (SORA).
- Include sexual abuse of a child, a sibling, or another child in the types of abuse for which the family court may terminate a parent’s parental rights.
- Include training in early childhood, child, and adolescent development in the powers and duties of a lawyer-guardian ad litem (LGAL).
House Bill 4393 would amend the Michigan Liquor Control Code to do the following:
- Exempt a minor from a violation involving the purchase, consumption, or possession of alcohol if he or she sought medical treatment or accompanied another person who sought treatment.
- Require a health facility or agency to notify the parent, guardian, or custodian of a minor under the age of 18 who voluntarily sought treatment or observation after consuming alcohol.
- Specify that a violation that was deferred, discharged, and dismissed would be considered a prior violation.
Senate Bill 0989 has been introduced and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. It amends the current parenting time/child custody provisions of the Child Custody Act of 1970.
. . . (A) court shall not grant custody of or parenting time with a child to an individual who is required to register under the sex offenders registration act for an offense that would make it contrary to the best interests of the child’s health, safety, or protection for such custody or parenting time or for an offense in which the victim was a child . . . No individual shall be granted custody of or parenting time with a child if anyone residing in the individual’s household is required to register under the sex offenders registration act as a result of a felony conviction in which the victim was a child . . . Link to Text of SB 0989 of 2012
Comment by C. Enright: Seems like it would have been simpler to change the language removing the presumption of parenting time if an individual is convicted of criminal sexual conduct and the victim is the individual’s child; to the victim is a child. Would reverse the decision in DeVormer vs DeVormer – 240 Mich. App. 601. Link to DeVormer Decision
Reduces from three to two the number of probate judgeships in Kalamazoo County and from two judgeships to one in of Van Buren County. The judgeships would be eliminated by attrition.
Passed by the Michigan Legislature and signed by the Governor. Link to HB 5093 Legislation Page