April 4, 2005 -April 10, 2005
Volume 3 Issue 14

In the Capitol
Committee meetings of interest for the week of 4/11
4/12 House Appropriations: Corrections
Agenda: Michigan Prisoner Re-entry Initiative: Parole and Probation, Community Programs
Treatment Programs

4/12 Senate Appropriations: General Government
Agenda: Attorney General and Prosecuting Attorney Coordinating Council, Department of Civil Rights, Department of Civil Service, Executive Office

4/12 Senate Appropriations: Judiciary and Corrections
Agenda: SB 275 Judiciary budget for fiscal year 2005-2006.

4/13 House Tax Policy
Agenda: General discussion with State Treasurer Jay Rising on the Governors tax restructuring proposal

4/13 House Oversight, Elections, and Ethics
Agenda: Testimony by Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land on Elections in Michigan;
HB 4275 Clarify state board of canvassers procedures; HB 4481 Revise certain restrictions on requests for registration or absentee ballots; HB 4570 Revise effective date for millage reductions for elections held after May 1.
If Time Permits: HB 4569 Amend early in person absentee voting.

4/13 House Appropriations: General Government
Agenda: Overview Presentations: Department of Attorney General, Department of State, Executive Office

4/14 House Appropriations: Judiciary
Agenda: State Appellate Defender, State Appellate Assigned Counsel System, Judicial Technology

Complete Committee Meeting List

Legislation Recently Signed into Public Acts

In the Hall of Justice
Law Career Program for 7th - 9th Grades to be Offered by Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center this Summer at Hall of Justice

No-Fault, Criminal Sentencing Issues to be Heard by Michigan Supreme Court in Oral Argument Next Week

Proposed Amendments
2004-56 - Proposed Amendment of Rule 3.925 of the Michigan Court Rules
The April 5, 2005, proposed amendment of MCR 3.925(E)(2)(c) would require that records and files of all juvenile offenses be destroyed when the person becomes 30 years old, instead of the current language, which requires that the records and files of certain adjudicated juvenile offenses by retained permanently.

Issued: April 5, 2005
Comment period expires: August 1, 2005
Public Hearing: To be scheduled

2003-04 - Proposed Amendment of Rule 7.205 of the Michigan Court Rules
The April 5, 2005, proposed amendment of MCR 7.205(F)(3) would reduce the time for filing a late application for leave to appeal from the current deadline of 12 months from the entry of the final judgment or order appealed from or entry of an order resolving a timely filed postconviction motion to a deadline of 6 month from the entry of such orders. The proposed amendment of MCR 7.205(F)(4) would implement a 6-month deadline that corresponds to the reduction in subrule (3). The 6-month deadline in subrule (4) would make the limitation in (F)(3) inapplicable where the defendant files a postconviction motion within 6 months of the judgment or order appealed from and filed an application for leave to appeal within 21 days of the decision on a postconviction motion or if the defendant sought the appointment of counsel within 6 months of the order, and defendant files an application for leave to appeal within 42 days of the filing of the complete transcripts or within 42 days of the order appointing counsel if the transcript was filed before entry of that order.

Issued: April 5, 2005
Comment period expires: August 1, 2005
Public Hearing: To be scheduled


At the Bar
Lansing-Area Attorneys Needed for Law Day Phone Bank

ATJ Reception to Benefit Legal Services of South Central Michigan

Sections and Committees The Criminal Law Section submitted the following public policy reports:
Oppose: SB 263 (Hammerstrom) Crime victims; statements; hearsay rule; exempt certain statements of domestic violence victims. Amends 1927 PA 175 (MCL 760.1 - 777.69) by adding secs. 27a & 27b to ch. VIII.

Support: HB 4327 (Waters) Criminal procedure; expunction; record expungement for certain offenders; provide for. Amends sec. 1 of 1965 PA 213 (MCL 780.621) & repeals sec. 4 of 1965 PA 213 (MCL 780.624).

The Family Law Section submitted the following public reports:
Proposed revised language (re. definition of incapacitated): SB 60 (Cherry) Family law; child custody; custody action by third person; add incapacitated parent as basis for action. Amends sec. 6c of 1970 PA 91 (MCL 722.26c).

Support: HB 4039 (Sheen) Family law; child support; option for tether in lieu of jail time for certain individuals with child support arrearage; provide for. Amends sec. 33 of 1982 PA 295 (MCL 552.633).

Oppose: HB 4161 (Pastor) Family law; child custody; provision regarding presumption of custody in acknowledgment of parentage act; repeal. Repeals sec. 6 of 1996 PA 305 (MCL 722.1006).

Oppose: HB 4245 (Hummel) Family law; child support; treatment of payment in excess of support; clarify. Amends sec. 5c of 1982 PA 295 (MCL 552.605c).

State News
Lawmakers To Hear Testimony On Business Tax Plan This Week
(Lansing State Journal, 4/11/05)

State Extends DNA Testing Deadline
(Oakland Press, 4/5/05)




Links of Interest
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