April9-15, 2007
Volume 5 Issue 15

In the Capitol
Committee meetings of interest for the week of 4/16
4/17 Senate Judiciary
Agenda: HB 4208 Define qualified interpreter for deaf or deaf-blind individual and provide in certain circumstances; SB 25 Define qualified interpreter for deaf or deaf-blind individual and provide in certain circumstances.
SBM Position: Support in Principle HB 4208 as amended in substitute H-3

4/17 Senate Appropriations: Judiciary and Corrections
Agenda: FY 2007-08 Subcommittee Recommendation

4/18 House Judiciary
Agenda: HB 4548 (Condino) Corrections; parole; certain improvements and enforcement of parole guidelines; provide for.

Complete Committee Meeting List

In the Hall of Justice
Proposed Amendments
2007-12 - Proposed Amendment of Rule 2.107 of the Michigan Court Rules
(Provision to allow e-discovery and to clarify filing requirements)

The proposed amendments were adopted by the State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly for submission to the Supreme Court. The proposal would allow parties to stipulate to agree to electronic-discovery, or service of papers among the parties, by e-mail. The proposal would also require that court clerks note the date pleadings are filed if that date is different from the date the filing is docketed.

Issued: April 10, 2007
Comment period expires: August 1, 2007
Public Hearing: To be scheduled
 

2002-37 - Proposed New Rules 2E.001 et seq. of the Michigan Court Rules (Electronic Filing)
In May 2003, the Supreme Court adopted an order authorizing several e-filing projects in trial courts, and instructed that an e-filing subcommittee be formed within the Technical Advisory Group (TAG). The subcommittee drafted rules, which were then adopted by the TAG. This proposal is drafted substantially as adopted by the TAG.

Issued: April 10, 2007
Comment period expires: August 1, 2007
Public Hearing: To be scheduled

At the Bar
Judicial Vacancy – 9th Circuit Court
Hon. Philip D. Schaefer is vacating his seat on the 9th Circuit Court. State Bar members interested in applying for the judgeship should submit an application by May 8, 2007.
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Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Annual Meeting Set for Friday, April 20

SBM Presents "Tips & Tools for a Successful Practice" Workshop on May 9

Sections and Committees
The Appellate Practice Section submitted a public policy report stating its opposition to SB 220 that creates a supplemental appropriations act for fiscal year 2006-2007. “The Section opposes any budget cuts to the operating budgets of the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court. The Section is deeply concerned that cuts to the appellate courts, as proposed in currently pending Senate Bill 220, will cause huge and unacceptable delays.” 

The Elder Law and Disability Rights Section submitted a public policy report stating its opposition to SB 374 that implements an estate recovery program for Medicaid. “The Elder Law & Disability Rights Section has consistently opposed any version of estate recovery. The proponents of estate recovery laud the benefits of adding to the state's budget. However, research shows that most states that enforce estate recovery find that the program does not provide economic benefit. Further, given Michigan's presently depressed economy and real estate market, it is highly predictable that the adoption of estate recovery will result in the state owning a large inventory of blighted homes. Most importantly, we believe that such a law will be harmful to our state's most vulnerable citizens.”

Federal News
Panel Said to Alter Finding on Voter Fraud
(New York Times, 4/11/07)

State News
Bills Would Lift Restriction on Prisoner Ids
(Lansing State Journal, 4/16/07)

Retired Lawmakers' Health Care Criticized
(Lansing State Journal, 4/16/07)

Fair-tax Advocates Want to Put Issue on November 2008 Ballot
(Lansing State Journal, 4/16/07)

No End for Jammed Prisons
(Detroit News, 4/16/07)

State May be Forced to Slash School Aid
(Lansing State Journal, 4/13/07)

Senate has Votes for Tax Hike, Leader Says
(Kalamazoo Gazette, 4/11/07)

Links of Interest
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