January 2 - January 8, 2006
Volume 4 Issue 1

In the Capitol
The Michigan House of Representatives is adjourned until Wednesday, January 11, 2006.
View Michigan House of Representatives 2006 Session Schedule

The Michigan Senate is adjourned until Wednesday, January 11, 2006.
View Michigan Senate 2006 Session Schedule

Complete Committee Meeting List

Legislation Recently Signed into Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 12/29
Of Interest to the Legal Community

HB 5531 Crimes; criminal sexual conduct; mandatory lifetime electronic monitoring of persons convicted of certain criminal sexual conduct crimes; provide for and establish penalties for tampering with electronic monitoring device. Amends secs. 520a, 520b & 520c of 1931 PA 328 (MCL 750.520a et seq.) & adds sec. 520n. TIE BAR WITH: HB 5532'05

HB 5534 Crimes; criminal sexual conduct; twenty-five-year minimum sentence for first-degree criminal sexual conduct against certain minors; provide for. Amends sec. 520b of 1931 PA 328 (MCL 750.520b). TIE BAR WITH: HB 5535'05

Of General Interest
HB 5529 Local government; public services; compensation rate for board members who attend meetings; modify. Amends sec. 11 of 1951 PA 33 (MCL 41.811).

In the Hall of Justice
For a complete list of rule amendments and administrative orders that were effective January 1, 2006, visit the Michigan Supreme Court website.

Rule Amendments
2004-22- Amendments of Rules 7.203 and 7.209 of the Michigan Court Rules
The amendments of MCR 7.203(A) and 7.209(D), effective January 1, 2006, recognize numbering changes in MCR 7.202.
Issued: December 21, 2005
Effective:January 1, 2006

Administrative Orders
Amended Administrative Order No. 2004-5 - File Nos. 2002-34 and 2002-44
Expedited Summary Disposition Docket in the Court of Appeals
This is a new procedure requested by the Court of Appeals for the processing of appeals from orders granting or denying summary disposition. The new procedure applies to appeals filed after January 1, 2005. The procedure will be in effect for a two-year pilot period with ongoing monitoring by the delay reduction work group. That group will provide updates to the Court before the one-year and eighteen-month anniversaries of the pilot period. The group is authorized, during the two-year pilot period, to seek from the Court modification of the expedited docket procedures.

At The Bar
Sections and Committees
The Judicial Conference submitted the following public policy report:
HB 5374 (Van Regenmorter) Courts; judges; number of judgeships in various circuits and districts; revise. Amends secs. 507, 508, 517, 518, 542, 549a, 549g, 803, 8134 & 8135 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.507 et seq.).

SB 907 (Cropsey) Courts; judges; number of judgeships in various circuits and districts; revise. Amends secs. 507, 508, 517, 518, 549a, 549g, 803, 8134 & 8135 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.507 et seq.).
Position: Oppose

The Real Property Law Section submitted the following public policy report:
HB 4732 (Sak) Civil procedure; evictions; property managers and other nonlawyers to represent businesses in certain eviction proceedings; allow. Amends 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.101 - 600.9947) by adding sec. 5707.
Position: Oppose
SBM Position: Active Opposition

Federal News
Hastert Moves to Tighten Rules on Lobbyists
(Washintgon Post, 1/9/06)

U.S. to Seek Dismissal of Guantánamo Suits
(New York Times, 1/4/06)

State News
PUBLIC NOTICE: Commission Hearing On Alleged Voter Fraud
1/11/06 Michigan Civil Rights Commission
Agenda: Special public hearing on allegations of voter fraud by a group working to place a proposal on the November 2006 ballot that would make affirmative action-style programs unconstitutional in the state.
See Related:
Affirmative Action Vote Complaints Reviewed
(Detroit News, 1/8/06)
State Sets Affirmative Action Ballot Wording
(Lansing State Journal, 1/7/06)
Both Sides on Rights Issue Call New Ballot Wording Fair -- and Crucial
(Detroit Free Press, 1/7/06)

Granholm Signs Bill on Urban Property Tax Rates
(Lansing State Journal, 1/4/06)

Links of Interest
Public Policy Resource Center
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