January 4, 2004 - January 10, 2004
Volume 2 Issue 2

In observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the State Bar will be closed on Monday, January 19, 2004. The Public Policy Update normally scheduled for that day will be published Tuesday, January 20, 2004.

In the Capitol
The Michigan House of Representatives and Senate will reconvene on Wednesday, January 14th.

Celebrating the Capitol: Quiet Events Mark 125th Anniversary
View Full Text (Lansing State Journal, 1/07/04)

Capitol Agenda
View Full Text (Detroit News, 1/10/04)

In the Hall of Justice
Supreme Court to Hear Environmental Case; Ability to Sue under Michigan Environmental Protection Act at Issue
View Full Text (Michigan Supreme Court, 1/09/04)

At the Bar
Money Judgment Interest Rate, effective January 1, 2004 is 4.295%, including the statutory 1%
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Economics of Law Practice Survey Results Available for Purchase
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Sections and Committees:
Gordon Gregory To Receive Distinguished Service Award From Labor and Employment Law Section
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The Family Law Section submitted a public policy report stating the following positions:
SB 887, SB 888, SB 889 and SB 890—Create method for reducing child support arrearage to judgments—Support in concept but propose working group to make recommendations about the mechanics of these bills

HB 5368 Publish list of child support payment obligors—Oppose
HB 5369 Provides graduated penalty scheme for unpaid support—Support
HB 5371 Limit incarceration credits for child support nonpayment—Oppose
HB 5372 and HB 5373 Increase felony nonsupport bond requirements—Support

    Federal News
    Ousted Ala. Justice Seeks Reinstatement
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    (New York Times, 1/08/04)

    U.S. Reasserts Right to Declare Citizens to Be Enemy Combatants
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    (New York Times, 1/08/04)

    State News
    Granholm Signs Election Reform Package
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    (mlive.com, 1/08/04)

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