April 25, 2005 - May1, 2005
Volume 3 Issue 17

In the Capitol
Committee meetings of interest for the week of 5/2
5/2 House Tax Policy, Joint Meeting with Senate Finance
Agenda: A general discussion with area businesses on the Governors single business tax restructuring proposal. Please note: The meeting will focus only on the parts of the Governors tax restructuring proposal that deal with the single business tax.

5/3 House Appropriations: Corrections
Agenda: Public Testimony

5/3 Senate Judiciary
Agenda: HB 4242 Provide simplified process for foreign adoption name changes; SB 131 Prohibit publicly displaying or playing sexually explicit material; SB 130 Require disclosure of certain convictions of persons coaching independent youth athletic teams; SB 309 Require notification of security breach of database containing personal identifying information;

5/3 Senate Appropriations: Judiciary & Corrections
Agenda: SB 268 Department of corrections budget for fiscal year 2005-2006.

5/4 Senate Appropriations: Family Independence Agency
Agenda: Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Decisions

5/4 House Judiciary
Agenda: Pending Referral: HB 4702 Include video game in definition of sexually explicit matter in disseminating sexually explicit matter to minors; HB 4703 Require sign posted with video game rating system and require brochure to be available explaining rating system.

Complete Committee Meeting List

Legislation Recently Signed into Public Act

Legislation Introduced 4/26 – 4/28
Of Interest to the Legal Community

HB 4686 Records; public; fee for maintenance and reproduction of public records in certain media; allow. Creates new act.

SB 420 Family law; parenting time; provisions regarding grandparent visitation after stepparent adoption; limit to parent of a deceased parent. Amends sec. 7b of 1970 PA 91 (MCL 722.27b).

SB 436 Family law; paternity; definition of "child born out of wedlock"; revise. Amends secs. 1, 4, 6, 7 & 10 of 1956 PA 205 (MCL 722.711 et seq.).

SB 448 Courts; judges; salary for judges; revise, establish concurrent jurisdiction for probate judge and district judge, and provide other amendments. Amends secs. 226, 303d, 410, 810, 859, 871, 1105, 1701, 8322, 8344, 8507 & 8611 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.226 et seq.); adds secs. 411 & 8808 & repeals secs. 557, 557a, 557b, 8555 & 9947 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.557 et seq.).

Of General Interest
HB 4680 Crimes; other; use of a public record or information obtainable only through a public record to facilitate or further crime; prohibit and establish penalties. Amends 1931 PA 328 (MCL 750.1 - 750.568) by adding sec. 492b.

HB 4687 Financial institutions; savings and loan associations; procedure for the disclosure of nonpublic financial information to unaffiliated third parties; revise. Amends 1980 PA 307 (MCL 491.102 - 491.1202) by adding secs. 1136, 1137 & 1138.

HB 4688 Financial institutions; banks; procedure for the disclosure of nonpublic financial information to unaffiliated third parties; revise. Amends 1999 PA 276 (MCL 487.11101 - 487.15105) by adding secs. 3914, 3915 & 3916.

HB 4689 Financial institutions; credit unions; procedure for the disclosure of nonpublic financial information to unaffiliated third parties; revise. Amends 2003 PA 215 (MCL 490.101 - 490.601) by adding secs. 388, 389 & 390.

HB 4690 Financial institutions; savings banks; procedure for the disclosure of nonpublic financial information to unaffiliated third parties; revise. Amends 1996 PA 354 (MCL 487.3101 - 487.3804) by adding secs. 515, 516 & 517.

HB 4691 Trade; consumer goods and services; notice to, and consent of, a person before disclosure or sharing of nonpublic personal financial information; require. Amends sec. 3 of 1976 PA 331 (MCL 445.903).

HB 4696 Campaign finance; statements and reports; reporting waiver threshold; increase to $3,000.00. Amends secs. 24, 33 & 35 of 1976 PA 388 (MCL 169.224 et seq.).

HJR H Legislature; legislators; term limits; repeal. Repeals sec. 54, art. IV of the state constitution.

In the Hall of Justice
Michigan Supreme Court Proclaims May 2005 Juror Appreciation Month; Learning Center Law Day Event on May 3 Kicks Off Court's Observance

At the Bar
Judicial Vacancy - 53rd District Court
The Honorable Michael K. Hegarty is vacating his seat in the 53rd District Court, Livingston County. The application submission deadline is June 23, 2005.

Sections and Committees
The Animal Law Section submitted the following public policy report:
Support: HB 4254 Education; curricula; alternative for students who have a moral objection to dissection; require teacher to provide for. Amends 1976 PA 451 (MCL 380.1 - 380.1852) by adding sec. 1164.

Federal News
Panel Backs Bill To Rein In '527' Advocacy Groups
(Washington Post, 4/28/05)
Senators Continue To Push Asbestos Bill (Traverse City Record Eagle, 4/26/05)
Nation's Inmate Population Increased 2.3 Percent Last Year
(New York Times, 4/25/05)

State News
Supreme Court Hears Indigent Discrimination Case
(Lansing State Journal, 4/26/05)

Dems Aim To Bypass Federal OT Rules
(Lansing State Journal, 4/25/05)

Jobs, Prices At Stake In Business Tax Reform Plan

(Lansing State Journal, 4/25/05)
See Related:
Single Business Tax Brings $2B Annually Into State Coffers
(Lansing State Journal, 4/25/05)
Tax Plan Will Save Jobs, Manufacturers Testify
(Lansing State Journal, 4/26/05)



Links of Interest
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