April 2-8, 2007
Volume 5 Issue 14

FOCUS: Attorneys as Notaries Public
Public Act 510 of 2006 took effect April 1, 2007 and amends the Michigan Notary Public Act. Under the new law, a licensed Michigan attorney who applies to become a notary public is exempt from the requirement to post a $10,000 surety bond. Reappointments as notary public are made through the Secretary of State who must send a reappointment application form to an attorney who is a notary at least 90 days before expiration of the appointment. An attorney must otherwise comply with requirements for appointment as a notary public as described by the Michigan Notary Public Act. An attorney must demonstrate to the Secretary of State that he or she is a licensed Michigan attorney to initially apply for the bond exemption and must confirm being a member in good standing for re-appointment.

In the Capitol
The Michigan Senate is tentatively scheduled to meet only on Wednesday April 11 at 10:00 a.m. this week. The Michigan House will tentatively meet only on Thursday, April 12 at noon this week.

Committee meetings of interest for the week of 4/9
4/11 House Judiciary
Agenda: HB 4548 Provide for certain improvements and enforcement of parole guidelines. (For testimony only)

Complete Committee Meeting List

Legislation Introduced 4/5
Of Interest to the Legal Community
HB 4564 Family law; child custody; joint custody; mandate in every custody dispute between parents except in certain circumstances. Amends sec. 6a of 1970 PA 91 (MCL 722.26a).

HB 4566 Family law; child support; repayment of child support; allow under certain circumstances. Amends sec. 3 of 1982 PA 295 (MCL 552.603) & adds sec. 20.

HB 4578 Civil procedure; other; representation by attorney in small claims; allow in proceedings to enforce judgment.

HB 4582 Counties; other; copy fee for materials issued by local register of deeds; increase.

Of General Interest
HB 4571 Retirement; state employees; benefits; provide for an 80-and-out plan.

In the Hall of Justice
Dog Park Case Gets its day Before Michigan Supreme Court in Oral Arguments; Property Use Restriction at Issue

At the Bar
Janet Welch Named Executive Director of the State Bar of Michigan

Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, Metro Times, and Sterling Heights Television Lead State Bar's 2007 McCree Award Winners

Federal News
Fla. Felons to Regain Rights More Easily
(Detroit Free Press, 4/5/07)

State News
Granholm Continues to Urge Quick Action on Budget Bills
(Lansing State Journal, 4/9/07)
See Related:
Democrats Outlining New Plan for Budget
(Lansing State Journal, 4/6/07)
House Democrats' Budget Plan Relies on Consolidating Services
(Lansing State Journal, 4/5/07)
House Works on Education Spending Plans
(Lansing State Journal, 4/5/07)
Lawmakers Propose 9 Cent Gas Tax Hike
(Lansing State Journal, 4/4/07)

Ethics Package Sends a Message, Supporters Say
(Lansing State Journal, 4/7/07)

Lawsuit Seeks Better Legal Help for Poor Defendants
(The Flint Journal, 4/2/07)


Links of Interest
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