meetings of interest for the week of 5/9.
998 Establish drug treatment courts; SB
999 Restrict eligibility for probation and dismissal of charges for
drug treatment court participants; SB
1000 Coordinate eligibility for youthful trainee program with drug
treatment courts; HB
5647 Include participation in drug treatment court in conditions of
5674 Include references to drug treatment courts in sentencing procedures;
5716 Allow commitment of juvenile to drug treatment court.
SBM POSITION: Support in Principle SB 998, SB 999, SB 1000, HB
5647, HB 5674 and HB 5716. The State Bar of Michigan supports the institutionalization
and availability of drug treatment courts.
4983 Provide for licensure of immigration clerical assistants; HB
4984 Enact sentencing guidelines for certain violations of the Michigan
immigration clerical assistant act; HB
5105 Provide for general revisions to certain robbery statutes; HB
5347 Prohibit and prescribe penalties for operation of audiovisual
recording function of a device in motion picture exhibition facilities;
5336 Enact sentencing guidelines for crime of audio visual recording
in a motion picture facility; SB
151 Allow surety bonds for proportion of full bail amount.
Testimony & Discussion On: The Michigan Public Safety Communications System
and the impact of Executive Directives 2003-12 and 2003-13 on shared local
use of the radio towers.
SBM POSITION: Support in Principle HB 4983. The State Bar has
long recognized that the prevalence of unauthorized practice of law activities
that victimize immigrant populations.
LEGAL AID COMMITTEE POSITION: Support HB 4983.
House Criminal Justice
testimony only): SB
220 Prohibit expiration date and full account number from being printed
on credit card receipt; SB
657 Prohibit requirement for disclosure of social security number
to purchase or obtain certain goods or services of a retailer; SB
792 Create identity theft protection act; SB
793 Clarify crime of obtaining personal identity information of another
with intent to unlawfully use the information; SB
794 Allow victim of identity theft to obtain certificate as proof
of theft from prosecuting attorney or attorney general; SB
795 Establish and provide penalties and remedies for social security
number privacy act; SB
797 Establish sentencing guidelines for crimes of identity theft;
798 Prohibit denial of credit to identity theft victims; SB
803 Provide for tolling of statute of limitations in certain cases
of identity theft.
Committee Meeting List
(Detroit News, 5/8/04)
Legislation Introduced 5/4 –
5846 Criminal procedure; prosecuting attorneys; notification period
to surety for defendant's failure to appear; extend to 14 days.
5848 Torts; immunity; "Good Samaritan" law; expand to apply
to any health care professional providing voluntary, nonemergency services.
5859 Liens; mortgages; provisions relating to foreclosure by advertisement
of mortgages that have been assigned; revise.
1182 Retirement; legislative; certain update for federal requirements;
the Hall of Justice
Sexual Harassment Claim Against Detroit Board of Education
to be Heard by Michigan Supreme Court
2003 Annual Report Released by Michigan Supreme Court; Court Activities
and Statistics are Features
- Supreme Court Appointments to the Child Support Leadership Council
Issued: May 5, 2004
"Golden Celebration" to Honor 50-Year State
State Bar Offers Scholarships to Help Small Practitioners
Foundation Awards Over $68,000 in Grants to Charitable Projects
New Resources Available to Lawyers Preparing 990-PF Forms
Sections and Committees
The Elder Law and Advocacy Section submitted a
public policy report stating its opposition to SB
1063, the FY 2004-05 Community Health Budget.
York State Bar Association Victorious in Suit Against FTC
(New York State Bar Association, 5/3/04)
Court Rulings on Emissions
Sharply Split Two Groups
(New York Times, 5/4/04)
High Court to Hear County Cases
Michigan Tries to Save
(Detroit News, 5/4/04)
Michigan PAC Chests Up Sharply this Year
(Lansing State Journal,
High Court to Hear
(Saginaw News, 5/6/04)
Michigan Buys Upgraded
(Detroit News, 5/7/04)