April 17–23, 2006
Volume 4 Issue 16

In the Capitol
Committee Meetings of Interest for the week of 4/24
4/25 House Tort Reform
Agenda: HB 5851 Create asbestos and silicosis compensation fairness act.
SBM Position: To date, a formal position on HB 5851 has not been adopted. However, the State Bar opposes section 3013, which calls for a limit on attorney compensation and provides for sanctions against an attorney for violating the set limits. The State Bar's position traditionally has been that any such limit is considered a regulation of the profession, which is under the exclusive jurisdiction of the Supreme Court.

4/25 Senate Judiciary
Agenda: SB 1123 Create asbestos and silicosis compensation fairness act.
SBM Position: To date, a formal position on SB 1123 has not been adopted. However, the State Bar opposes section 3013, which calls for a limit on attorney compensation and provides for sanctions against an attorney for violating the set limits. The State Bar's position traditionally has been that any such limit is considered a regulation of the profession, which is under the exclusive jurisdiction of the Supreme Court.

4/25 Senate Appropriations: Judiciary and Corrections
Agenda: The Fiscal Year 2006-07 Budget for the Judiciary Branch

Complete Committee Meeting List

Legislation Recently Signed into Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 4/18–4/20
HB 5948 Torts; malpractice; affidavit of merit; require for all malpractice actions against licensed professionals. Amends 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.101600.9947) by adding sec. 2912i.

HB 5953 Family law; marriage and divorce; provision regarding property rights; modify. Amends sec. 1 of 1909 PA 259 (MCL 552.101).

Of General Interest
SB 1216 Campaign finance; statements and reports; public financial disclosure law for certain state office holders and candidates for state office; create. Creates new act.

SB 1217 Public employees and officers; ethics; elected executive official ethics act; create. Creates new act & repeals 1968 PA 318 (MCL 15.30115.310) & 1973 PA 196 (MCL 15.34115.348). TIE BAR WITH: SB 1216'06, SB 1218'06

SB 1218 Legislature; ethics; legislative ethics act; create. Creates new act. TIE BAR WITH: SB 1216'06, SB 1217'06

SB 1219 Campaign finance; campaign practices; political contribution solicitation and acceptance; prohibit in public buildings. Amends 1976 PA 388 (MCL 169.201169.282) by adding sec. 57a. TIE BAR WITH: SB 1220'06

SB 1220 Occupations; lobbyists; lobbyist political contribution; restrict delivery. Amends 1978 PA 472 (MCL 4.4114.431) by adding sec. 11a. TIE BAR WITH: SB 1219'06

SB 1221 Campaign finance; campaign practices; ban on acceptance of honoraria by legislators; expand to include statewide elective offices. Amends sec. 50 of 1976 PA 388 (MCL 169.250).

SB 1222 Occupations; lobbyists; honorarium; prohibit payment of to certain persons. Amends 1978 PA 472 (MCL 4.4114.431) by adding sec. 21b.

SB 1223 Public employees and officers; ethics; regulation of public servants' conduct regarding public contracts; revise. Amends secs. 1, 3a & 8 of 1968 PA 317 (MCL 15.321 et seq.). TIE BAR WITH: SB 1217'06SB 1218'06

SB 1226 Liquor; other; request via parent or guardian for alcohol testing of minor on probation; allow and include regular or random testing as condition of probation. Amends sec. 703 of 1998 PA 58 (MCL 436.1703).

At the Bar
FOCUS: The State Bar will be hosting its second annual Public Policy Summit on Wednesday, April 26 from 9:00–3:15 at the Michael Franck Building in Lansing, for all members who engage in public policy analysis, recommendations and advocacy through State Bar sections and committees. The Summit features training sessions in the morning on how to be an effective public policy advocate before the Michigan Legislature, Supreme Court and with the media. There will be a networking luncheon with remarks by Chief Justice Clifford Taylor and invited guests of honor including Michigan's lawyer-legislators. Afternoon sessions will focus on specific public policy issues.

Federal News
Arizona's Strict Approach to Insanity Defenses Gets a Hearing Before the Supreme Court
(New York Times, 4/20/06)

State News
Secretary of State Calls for Tougher Rules on Campaign Money
(Detroit Free Press, 4/24/06)

Early Primary Scramble Starts
(Detroit News, 4/21/06)

Self-defense Shooters Get House Boost
(Detroit Free Press, 4/20/06)
SBM Position: Actively oppose those provisions that eliminate judicial discretion concerning the payment of fees and costs at the conclusion of trial.

Former Michigan Congressman Dies at Age 88 in Florida
(Lansing State Journal, 4/20/06)

Granholm Signs Bills Toughening High School Requirements
(Lansing State Journal, 4/20/06)

Despite Gains in Senate, Number of Female Legislators Decreasing
(Lansing State Journal, 4/17/06)

Links of Interest
Public Policy Resource Center
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