February 22, 2004 - February 28, 2004
Volume 2 Issue 9

In the Capitol
Committee meetings of interest for the week of 2/29.

3/2/04 Senate Judiciary

Agenda: SB 998 Drug treatment courts; SB 999 Eligibility for probation and dismissal of charges (restrict for drug treatment court participant); SB 1000 Eligibility for youthful trainee program (coordinate with drug treatment courts); HB 4871 Statutory attorney fees in landlord-tenant eviction and land contract forfeiture actions.

3/2 Senate Appropriations: Judiciary & Corrections
Agenda: Discussion of the FY 2004-05 Budget Recommendation for the Department of Corrections; SB 823 (Cropsey) Various circuit, probate, and district judgeships.

3/9 House Judiciary
Agenda: SB 727 Grandparent visitation; SB 788 Number of judgeships in the seventeenth judicial circuit. PENDING REFERRAL: SB 829 Allow additional judgeship (sixteenth judicial circuit).
Family Law Section Position: SB 727
State Bar Position: Support in Principle SB 788

Complete Committee Meeting List

Capitol Agenda
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(Detroit News, 2/28/04)


At the Bar
Upcoming Representative Assembly Meeting on March 27


Sections and Committees
The Libraries, Legal Resources & Legal Publications Committee submitted a public policy report recommending the State Bar adopt a position of active opposition to HB 5390, a bill that would require certain public documents to be provided to state libraries except for when documents are available on the internet. The Committee opposes the bill in its current form but suggests alternative language.


Federal News
Court Denies Review of Post-9/11 Secrecy
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(Washington Post, 2/24/04)


Justices Agree to Hear Two Deportation Cases
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(New York Times, 2/24/04)

Oral Arguments Canceled in Request to Reopen Roe
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(CNN.com, 2/24/04)

High Court Underscores Warrant Rules
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(Washington Post, 2/25/04)

Court Blocks Age Bias Suits by the Young
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(New York Times, 2/25/04)

Court Says States Need Not Finance Divinity Studies
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(New York Times, 2/26/04)

Va. Colleges May Bar Illegal Immigrants
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(Washington Post, 2/26/04)

State News
Bill Would Keep Cops' Statements from Public
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(Flint Journal, 2/23/04)

Court Rules and Administrative Orders
Rule Amendments
2003-50 – Amendment of Rules 3.915, 3.965, 3.975, 3.976, and 3.977 of the Michigan Court Rules
Issued: February 25, 2004
Effective February 25, 2004
The amendment is based on recommendations from the Family Independence Agency and Supreme Court Adoption Work Group.

Legislation Introduced 2/24–2/26
HB 5592 Insurance; no-fault; definition of "serious impairment of body function"; modify.

HB 5610 Appropriations; judiciary; judiciary budget; provide for fiscal year 2004-2005.

SB 1009 Crimes; definitions; definition of "false pretense"; clarify.

Links of Interest
Public Policy Resource Center
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