March 7, 2004 - March 13, 2004
Volume 2 Issue 11

In the Capitol
Committee meetings of interest for the week of 3/14.

3/16/04 House Judiciary

Agenda: SB 727 Grandparent visitation; revise to place burden of proof on the petitioning grandparent and require the court to give deference to a fit parent's actions and decisions.
Family Law Section Position: SB 727

3/16/04 House Regulatory Reform
Agenda: HJR W Allow death penalty for conviction of first degree murder.

3/17/04 House Criminal Justice
Agenda: HB 4468 Expand (definition of first degree child abuse) to include knowingly or intentionally committing an act that causes serious physical or mental harm; HB 4584 Sentencing guidelines for certain child abuse violations; HB 5026 Prohibition against making false crime reports to certain individuals.

3/17/04 House Appropriations: Judiciary
Agenda: House Bill 5610 Judiciary budget for fiscal year 2004-2005—Decision making.

3/18/04 House Judiciary
Agenda: SB 727 Grandparent visitation; revise to place burden of proof on the petitioning grandparent and require the court to give deference to a fit parent's actions and decisions.
Family Law Section Position: SB 727

Complete Committee Meeting List

Capitol Agenda
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(Detroit News, 3/13/04)


In the Hall of Justice
Case of Woman who Left Children in Car to be Heard by Supreme Court this Week; Court to also Hear Date-Rape Drug Death and Casino Cases
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(Michigan Supreme Court, 3/8/04)

Court Must Ask Lawyers if They’ve Met with Child-Clients under New Court Rule
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(Michigan Supreme Court, 3/10/04)

Crime Victims’ Rights Publication by Michigan Judicial Institute to be Basis for National Curriculum
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(Michigan Supreme Court, 3/12/04)

At the Bar
Sections and Committees
The Real Property Law Section submitted a public policy report stating that the Section requests the unpublished opinion issued in 1st Rural Housing Partnership, LLP v City of Howell; Michigan Court of Appeals Docket No. 241192 be published pursuant to MCR 7.215(D).

Federal News
Court Rules on Defendant - Counsel Rights
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(New York Times, 3/8/04)

Supreme Court Won't Revisit Boy Scouts' Ban on Gays
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(New York Times, 3/8/04)


Court Alters Rule on Statements of Unavailable Witnesses
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(New York Times, 3/9/04)


McCain Says FEC Is Not Enforcing Law
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(Washington Post, 3/11/04)


Senate Passes $2.36T Budget; Shifts Spotlight to House
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(Washington Post, 3/12/04)


State News
Committee Puts off Action on Death Penalty; Officers' Families to Start Petition Drive
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(Traverse City Record-Eagle, 3/9/04)
Note: The House Regulatory Reform Committee is scheduled to take up HJR W on March 16.



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