SB 652, a bill to change the jurisdiction and operations of the state's Court of Claims, was introduced on October 24, passed the Senate six days after introduction (the state constitution requires a minimum of five days) and is already scheduled for a committee hearing in the House on Tuesday (Government Operations, Room 308, House Office Building, Lansing, MI, noon.) The Appellate Practice Section and the Negligence Section have adopted positions opposing the bill. The State Bar itself is not permitted to consider the legislation until 14 days after notice has been posted on the State Bar website, according to Michigan Supreme Court Administrative Order 2004-01.
The bill has attracted national attention, in the National Center for State Court's Gavel to Gavel blog, which offers this perspective:
In most states, the Court of Claims falls under the legislative or executive branch and is not a part of the judiciary. In 3 states however (Michigan, New York, Ohio) they are in fact components of the judiciary. In the case of New York the Court of Claims is its own independent court, in Michigan and Ohio a trial judge or judges are assigned. Starting next year, however, that may change in Michigan.
Brian Dickerson's "Hijacking the judicial process in broad daylight," commenting on the scope of the legislation, was less detached.