February 21, 2005 - February 27, 2005
Volume 3 Issue 8

In the Capitol
Committee meetings of interest for the week of 2/28
3/2 House Judiciary
Agenda: HB 4413 Extend deadline for filing petition for DNA testing in felony conviction cases; SB 137 Provide for requirement for criminal history check of applicants for forensic polygraph examiners.

Complete Committee Meeting List

Legislation Introduced 2/22– 2/24
Of Interest to the Legal Community
HB 4356 Torts; civil procedure; triple damage liability for receiving and concealing stolen property; clarify.

HB 4387 Appropriations; judiciary; judiciary budget; provide for fiscal year 2005-2006.

HB 4394 Insurance; no-fault; mini-tort provision; increase allowable damages to $1,000.00.

HB 4413 Criminal procedure; DNA; deadline for filing petition for DNA testing in felony conviction cases; extend.

Of General Interest
HB 4407 Campaign finance; statements and reports; campaign committee filing requirements; revise and change limits for contributions to candidates.

SB 250 Elections; voting procedures; early voting; establish.

At the Bar
Sections and Committees
The Standing Committee on Justice Initiatives submitted a public policy report stating its opposition to SB 60. The committee requested authorization to advocate its position and recommended the State Bar adopt a position of oppose.
SB 60 Family law; child custody; custody action by third person; add incapacitated parent as basis for action.

Federal News
Lawmakers Look To Mend Campaign, Balloting Flaws
(Washington Times, 2/22/2005)

Bush's Next Target: Malpractice Lawyers
(New York Times, 2/27/2005)

State News
Businesses Might See End To Tax
(Lansing State Journal, 2/28/2005)

Links of Interest
Public Policy Resource Center
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