February 8, 2004 - February 14, 2004
Volume 2 Issue 7

In the Capitol
Committee meetings of interest for the week of 2/15.

2/17 House Judiciary
Agenda: HB 5368 Publication of a most wanted list for delinquent child support obligors; HB 5369 Graduated penalty scheme for unpaid support; HB 5370 Sentencing guidelines graduated penalty scheme for unpaid support; HB 5371 Incarceration credits; HB 5372 Bond requirements for felony nonsupport; HB 5373 Bond requirements for felony nonsupport; HB 5466 Length of delegation of parental powers by individuals serving in armed forces.
Family Law Section Positions: Oppose HB 5368, Support HB 5369, Oppose HB 5371, Support HB 5372 and HB 5373

2/17 Senate Judiciary
Agenda: HB 5029 List as game (mourning doves) and authorize natural resources commission to declare first open season for game, HB 5199 Release of individual convicted of criminal sexual conduct against minor on bail pending sentencing or appeal.
PENDING REFERRAL: A bill to establish drug treatment courts; A bill regarding controlled substances penalties for drug treatment court participants; A bill regarding youthful trainee program coordination with drug treatment courts.
Animal Law Section Position: Oppose HB 5029

2/17 Senate Appropriations: Judiciary and Corrections
Agenda: Review of the Governor's FY 2004-05 Budget Recommendation for the Dept. of Corrections; SB 829 Allow additional judgeship in sixteenth judicial circuit (circuit court).
PENDING REFERRAL: HB 5479 Additional district judgeship in Mecosta-Osceola district (district court), HB 5480 Additional circuit judgeship in Clare-Gladwin circuit (circuit court).

2/18 House Criminal Justice
Agenda: SB 681 Expert testimony by video conferencing; HB 5174 Penalties for certain adulterations of drugs and medicine; HB 5175 Penalty for adulterating, misbranding, or substituting a drug or device with the intent to defraud; HB 5176 Crime of adulterating, misbranding, or substituting drugs; HB 5177 Increased penalties for certain adulterations of drugs and medicine; HB 5178 Provision relating to nonparolable life sentences.

2/18 Senate Judiciary
Agenda: Testimony from Scott Burns, Deputy Director Office of Drug Control Policy in Washington DC

2/19 House Appropriations: Judiciary
Agenda: FY 2004-05 Judiciary Budget: Presentation from the Honorable Maura D. Corrigan, Chief Justice, Michigan Supreme Court; Presentation from the Honorable William C. Whitbeck, Chief Judge, Michigan Court of Appeals.

2/19 House Judiciary
Agenda: HB 5368 Publication of a most wanted list for delinquent child support obligors; HB 5369 Graduated penalty scheme for unpaid support; HB 5370 Sentencing guidelines graduated penalty scheme for unpaid support; HB 5371 Incarceration credits; HB 5372 Bond requirements for felony nonsupport; HB 5373 Bond requirements for felony nonsupport
Family Law Section Positions: Oppose HB 5368, Support HB 5369, Oppose HB 5371, Support HB 5372 and HB 5373

Complete Committee Meeting List

Federal News
ABA Won't Take Stand on Detainees' Court Access
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(Washington Post, 2/10/04)

Scalia Rejects Pleas for Recusal in Cheney Case
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(Washington Post, 2/12/04)

State News
$39.7B Budget Shares Burden
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(Lansing State Journal, 2/13/04)
See Also:
New Fees, Taxes to Add $391M
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(Lansing State Journal, 2/13/04)

Granholm Wants Fewer Inmates
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(Lansing State Journal, 2/13/04)

Legislation Introduced 2/10–2/12
HB 5493 Criminal procedure; expunction; record expungement for certain offenders; provide for.

HB 5520 Appropriations; zero budget; judiciary; provide for fiscal year 2004-2005.

SB 968 Criminal procedure; pretrial procedure; pretrial services program act; create.

SB 990 Civil procedure; statute of limitations; provision regarding tolling of statute of limitations; revise to include that a copy of the summons and complaint be served upon the defendant within the time set forth in the court rules.

Links of Interest
Public Policy Resource Center
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