meetings of interest for the week of 5/16.
5338 Revise procedure for affidavit of merit for medical malpractice
(There will be a substitute similar to HB
5905 Allow only with showing of good cause relation back of amended
affidavit of meritorious defense in medical malpractice action; HB
5311 Prohibit introduction of evidence of an expression of sympathy
as an admission of liability in a civil action; HB
5494 Create law enforcement memorial monument.
5381 Provide for a judgment lien; HB
5589 Establish requirement for child protective services workers to
provide certain identifying information during a child protective services
Civil Procedure and Courts Committee Position: Oppose
HB 5381; authorization was granted to the Committee to advocate its position.
Real Property Law Section Position:
Oppose HB 5381
House Criminal Justice
1009 Clarify definition of false pretense; HB
5820 Increase penalties for reckless driving; SB
912 Enact sentencing guidelines for crime of reproducing, altering,
counterfeiting, forging, or duplicating Michigan personal identification
913 Increase penalties for reproducing, altering, counterfeiting,
forging, or duplicating Michigan personal identification card; HB
5906 Allow certain public bodies to create law enforcement agencies;
5907 Extend jurisdiction of commission on law enforcement standards
to law enforcement officers of multicounty metropolitan districts.
Committee Meeting List
(Detroit News, 5/15/04)
2004 Unofficial Michigan Primary Candidate Listing
5863 Campaign finance; campaign practices; targeted electronic campaign
communications; require a disclaimer revealing payer's identification
and whether approved by candidate.
5864 Law enforcement; fingerprinting; sunset on fees for fingerprinting
and criminal record check; eliminate.
5872 Occupations; lobbyists; individuals subject to the lobby registration
act; expand to include at-will employees of the legislative and executive
HB 5905 Torts; malpractice; retroactive effect of amended affidavit
of meritorious defense in medical malpractice action; allow only with
showing of good cause.
5908 Insurance; health; timely payment and review process; provide
for disclosure of certain information to be included when certain adverse
claim determinations are made.
SB 1195 Civil procedure; defenses; strategic lawsuits against public
the Hall of Justice
Integration Pioneer Ernest G. Green to Speak at Supreme
Court Event Commemorating Brown v Board of Education
of Appeals to Hold Hearings in Marquette, Petoskey
- Proposed Amendment of Rules 3 and 4 of the Rules Concerning the State
Bar of Michigan
The Court is considering a possible amendment of State Bar Rules 3 and
4 to create an emeritus membership class available to senior members of
the State Bar who no longer practice law. (The emeritus membership class
would be available for those members who are 70 years old or older or
have been State Bar members for at least 30 years, as long as there are
no pending disciplinary actions against the applicant in any state.) Under
the proposal, members of the class would not be required to pay dues.
Issued: May 12, 2004
Comment period expires: May 27, 2004
Public Hearing: To be scheduled
Vacancies--Immediate Application Deadline
The Governor’s office is accepting applications to fill a vacancy
on the Wayne County Probate Court. The application deadline
is May 21, 2004. State Bar members interested in applying for the may
contact Erik Wilford in the Governor's Appointments Office to receive
a judicial questionnaire:
Office of the Governor
Attn: Erik Wilford
George W. Romney Building
111 South Capitol Avenue
Lansing, Michigan 48909
CERTIFIED passers of the February 2004 Michigan
Bar Acts to Protect Seniors From the Unauthorized Practice of Law
Declines to Curb Independent Fund-Raisers
(New York Times, 5/14/04)
State Accused of 'Looting'
911 Surcharge Fund
(Lansing State Journal, 5/9/04)
House Schedules Session through July to Balance Budget
(Traverse City Record-Eagle, 5/13/04)