April 3 - April 9, 2006
Volume 4 Issue 14

In the Capitol
The Michigan Senate and House of Representatives are not scheduled to hold session for the week of April 10.
View 2006 Senate Schedule
View 2006 House of Representatives Schedule

Complete Committee Meeting List

Legislation Recently Signed into Public Acts

In the Hall of Justice
Administrative Orders
Administrative Order No. 2006-4 - File No. 2004-04
Adoption of Concurrent Jurisdiction Plan for the 28th Circuit Court and the 84th District Court of Wexford County
Issued: April 5, 2006
Effective: August 1, 2006

At the Bar
The Board of Commissioners met on Friday, April 7, 2006. The following public policy positions were adopted by the State Bar of Michigan:
HB 4467 (Condino) Civil procedure; statute of limitations; civil action for damages resulting from criminal sexual conduct against a minor; extend tolling of statute of limitations. Amends sec. 5851 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.5851).
POSITION: Oppose in Principle. Due to the length of time the statute of limitations would be extended, the due process rights of the defendant may be violated.

HB 5337 (Jones) Military affairs; other; waiver from "administrative hearings" while deployed or serving on active duty; provide for. Amends sec. 117 of 1967 PA 150 (MCL 32.517).
POSITION: Support in Principle. The bill would provide greater availability of legal services for persons serving on active military duty.

SB 535 (Jelinek) Family law; child custody; proven drug use history and convictions; allow to be used when determining custody of child. Amends sec. 3 of 1970 PA 91 (MCL 722.23).
POSITION: Oppose in Principle. A judge already has the ability to consider these factors under existing statute, and in current practice the factors are considered. To impose specific guidelines to the existing general guidelines would improperly limit judicial discretion.

For questions regarding the above policy positions, please contact Elizabeth Lyon at (517) 346-6325 or elyon@mail.michbar.org.

Sections and Committees
The Probate and Estate Planning Section submitted a public policy report regarding potential recommendations to the Elder Abuse Task Force on the Power of Attorney Registration. The Section opposes any law that would require the registration of all power of attorney documents, would limit the actions an agent could take on behalf of a principal in all case, or would mandate that agents acting under a POA automatically report or account to a court without regard to any allegations of wrongdoing.

For a copy of the report, please contact elyon@mail.michbar.org.

Federal News
Campaign Finance Measure Approved
(Washington Post, 4/6/06)

State News
Granholm Appoints New State Treasurer
(Lansing State Journal, 4/6/06)

Wayne Co. Deed Logjam Will Cost You
(Detroit News, 4/6/06)

Links of Interest
Public Policy Resource Center
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