May 1 - 7, 2006
Volume 4 Issue 18

In the Capitol
Committee Meetings of Interest for the week of 5/8
5/9 Senate Judiciary
Agenda: HB 5421 Clarify penalties for certain sex offenders; HB 5422 Revise jurisdiction of parole board over prisoner convicted of violent first degree sexual conduct against an individual less than 13 years old; HB 5531 Provide for mandatory lifetime electronic monitoring of persons convicted of certain criminal sexual conduct crimes and establish penalties for tampering with electronic monitoring device; HB 5532 Provide for lifetime satellite tracking of certain sex offenders; HB 5449 Enact sentencing guidelines for crime of unlawful imprisonment; HB 5450 Clarify elements of crime of kidnapping; HB 5451 Prohibit unlawful imprisonment; and prescribe penalties.
SBM Position on HB 5421: Oppose in Principle

5/10 House Judiciary
Agenda: HB 5879 Revise informed consent for abortion provision to include intimidation and coercion screening; HB 5880 Provide for intimidation and coercive abortion prevention screening process; HB 5881 Provide for civil action for violation of the coercive abortion prevention act; HB 5882 Create coercive abortion prevention act; HB 5883 Enact sentencing guidelines for violation of coercive abortion prevention act; HB 5217 Provide for confidentiality for concealed pistol license records; HB 5719 Provide for prohibition on sale or possession of firefighter or emergency medical service providers uniforms, patches, and badges; SB 1115 Require website disclosure referencing methamphetamine sites and certain cleanup procedures; SB 1119 Provide for action against persons who publish on the internet information on production or manufacturing of methamphetamine.
Family Law Section Position on HB 5882: Oppose section (6) or substantially similar language

Complete Committee Meeting List

Legislation Recently Signed into Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 5/2 – 5/4
Of Interest to the Legal Community
HB 6031 Transportation; motor carrier fuel tax; joint and several liability; eliminate. Amends sec. 8 of 1980 PA 119 (MCL 207.218).

HB 6038 Torts; malpractice; recovery for negligence of an emergency room doctor; require showing of gross negligence. Amends 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.101 - 600.9947) by adding sec. 2912i.

SB 1241 State agencies (existing); state; maintenance of certain records of conviction for the life of the person; require. Amends sec. 208 of 1949 PA 300 (MCL 257.208). TIE BAR WITH: HB 6009'06

SB 1242 Torts; product liability; immunity from liability for drugs that have been approved by federal food and drug administration; rescind. Amends sec. 2946 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.2946).

SB 1246 (See page 3, section 11) Labor; fair employment practices; prohibition against employment decisions based on the health or illness of an employee's family member; provide for. Creates new act.

Of General Interest
HB 6035 Economic development; Michigan economic growth authority; definition of full-time job; revise. Amends sec. 3 of 1995 PA 24 (MCL 207.803).

HB 6037 Insurance; other; interstate insurance product regulation compact; enact. Creates new act.

SB 1243 Campaign finance; contributions and expenditures; contributions to and expenditures by candidates; shorten time for reporting. Amends 1976 PA 388 (MCL 169.201 - 169.282) by adding sec. 32a.

At the Bar
Chief Justice Visit Highlights Public Policy Summit

Judicial Vacancy – 18 th Circuit Court
Hon. Lawrence M. Bielawski is vacating his seat on the 18 th Circuit Court. State Bar members interested in applying for the judgeship should submit an application by May 17, 2006. View Information

List of Certified Passers of the February 2006 Bar Examination

Sections and Committees
The Family Law Section submitted the following public policy reports:
HB 5882 Crimes; other; coercive abortion prevention act; create. Amends 1931 PA 328 (MCL 750.1 - 750.568) by adding sec. 15a.
Position: Oppose section (6) or substantially similar language

HB 5908 Children; adoption; objection to placements by child placing agency based on religious or moral convictions; allow. Amends secs. 23b, 23d, 23e & 46, ch. X of 1939 PA 288 (MCL 710.23b et seq.).
Position: Oppose

SB 1128 Family law; child custody; modification of child support assessment for certain military personnel; provide for. Amends 1982 PA 295 (MCL 552.601 - 552.650) by adding sec. 15a.
Position: Support in Principle, Suggest Technical Amendments

The Senior Lawyers Section submitted the following public policy reports:
HB 4732 Civil procedure; evictions; property managers and other nonlawyers to represent businesses in certain eviction proceedings; allow. Amends 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.101 - 600.9947) by adding sec. 5707.
Position: Oppose
SBM Position: Active Opposition

SB 815 Civil procedure; evictions; property managers and other nonlawyers to represent businesses in certain eviction proceedings; allow. Amends 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.101 - 600.9947) by adding sec. 5707.
Position: Oppose
SBM Position: Active Opposition

Federal News
Senate Weighs Caps on Malpractice Awards
(Detroit News, 5/8/06)

State News
Milliken in the Middle: Biography Lauds Former Michigan Governor's Civil Politics
(Detroit Free Press, 5/7/06)

Machines to Accommodate Disabled Voters
(Lansing State Journal, 5/5/06)

Advocates Seek to End Harsh Penalties for Drugs
(Lansing State Journal, 5/4/06)

State Senate Passes Funeral Protest Bills
(Lansing State Journal, 5/4/06)

Resolution Targets Absent Lawmakers
(Lansing State Journal, 5/4/06)

Links of Interest
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