February 14, 2005 - February 21, 2005
Volume 3 Issue 7

In the Capitol
Complete Committee Meeting List

Capitol Agenda
(Detroit News, 2/12/05)

Legislation Introduced 2/15– 2/17
Of Interest to the Legal Community
HB 4265 Criminal procedure; statute of limitations; statute of limitations for vehicular homicide; extend.

HB 4301 Appropriations; judiciary; judiciary budget; provide for fiscal year 2005-2006.

HB 4327 Criminal procedure; expunction; record expungement for certain offenders; provide for.

HB 4339 Juveniles; truancy; family division of the circuit court to notify secretary of state of truancy disposition; provide for. TIE BAR WITH HB 4338'05

SB 206 Retirement; judges; retirement allowance for judges; increase.

SB 208 Corrections; jails; reimbursement to municipalities for costs of housing inmates; provide for.

Of General Interest
HJR E Taxation; other; constitutional limit on state spending; establish.

HJR G Legislature; sessions; unicameral legislature; provide for.

HB 4284 Elections; absent voters; absent voter ballot; issue upon voter's request without requiring justification.

HB 4320 Elections; absent voters; absent voter ballot; issue upon voter's request without requiring justification.

HB 4328 Elections; petitions; size of initiative and referendum petition form; revise.

HB 4333 Elections; absent voters; absent voter ballot; issue upon voter's request without requiring justification.

SB 207 Campaign finance; public disclosure; disclosure of committees that employ and registration of persons who make "robocalls" in campaigns; require.

At the Bar
2005 Annual Meeting Update

Lawyers and Journalists Explore Legal Issues in Newsroom Seminar

Sections and Committees
The Appellate Practice Section submitted a public policy report stating its support for ADM File No. 2004-47 - Proposed Amendment of Rule 7.302 of the Michigan Court Rules. The proposed amendment of MCR 7.302(C)(4) would allow a party to seek leave to appeal in the Michigan Supreme Court from the denial of a motion for rehearing of a Court of Appeals decision to remand a case to the trial court. The proposed amendment also adds language that clarifies that a 28-day time limit applies to application for leave to appeal in appeals from orders terminating parental rights.

Federal News
Bush Signs Class-Action Changes Into Law
(Washingtonpost.com, 2/18/2005)

State News
Senators Reject Granholm's Budget Cuts
(Detroit News, 2/17/2005)

Senate Rejects Gov. Granholm's Executive Order
(Detroit News, 2/17/2005)

New Budget Approach Has State Starting From Scratch
(Lansing State Journal, 2/21/2005)

Links of Interest
Public Policy Resource Center
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