May 16, 2005 - May 22, 2005
Volume 3 Issue 20

Next week's Public Policy Update will be published on Tuesday, May 31, 2005.

In the Capitol
Committee meetings of interest for the week of 5/23
5/23 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 proposal that deal with the single business tax.

5/24 Senate Judiciary
Agenda: SB 448 Amend the Revised Judicature Act to make various changes relating to the operation and administration of Michigan courts; HB 4702 Include video game in definition of sexually explicit matter for 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; HB 4356 Clarify triple damage liability for receiving and concealing stolen property.

5/24 Senate Appropriations: Judiciary & Corrections
Agenda: SB 268 Department of corrections fiscal year 2005-2006 budget.
Michigan Prisoner Reentry Initiative
Prison Programs
Health Care Services
Public Testimony

5/25 House Judiciary
Agenda: Calling on the Michigan Department of Corrections to respond to a series of reports on prisoner abuse by staff at female correctional facilities.

5/25 Senate Appropriations
Agenda item of interest: SB 470 Extend, and direct certain portion of court fees to drug treatment courts or substance abuse programs sunset on certain court fee increases.

5/26 House Appropriations: Judiciary
Agenda: Presentation of Subcommittee line item rankings for FY 2006.

Complete Committee Meeting List

Legislation Recently Signed into Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 5/24 – 5/25
Of Interest to the Legal Community
HB 4796 Criminal procedure; preliminary examination; right to preliminary examination for certain crimes; eliminate. Amends secs. 1 & 4, ch. VI of 1927 PA 175 (MCL 766.1 & 766.4).

HB 4797 Criminal procedure; preliminary examination; right to preliminary examination for certain crimes; eliminate. Amends sec. 1a, ch. IV of 1927 PA 175 (MCL 764.1a). TIE BAR WITH: HB 4796, HB 4799, HB 4800.

HB 4798 Crime victims; rights; crime victims assessment; require to be applied in cases where sentence has been delayed or deferred. Amends secs. 5 & 6 of 1989 PA 196 (MCL 780.905 & 780.906).

HB 4799 Criminal procedure; preliminary examination; right to preliminary examination for certain crimes; eliminate. Amends secs. 40 & 42, ch. VII of 1927 PA 175 (MCL 767.40 & 767.42). TIE BAR WITH: HB 4796, HB 4797, HB 4800.

HB 4800 Criminal procedure; preliminary examination; right to preliminary examination for certain crimes; eliminate. Amends sec. 8311 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.8311). TIE BAR WITH: HB 4796, HB 4797, HB 4799.

HB 4811 Torts; liability; liability suits brought against drug manufacturers for drugs that have been approved by federal food and drug administration; allow. Amends sec. 2946 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.2946).

SB 519 Courts; juries; exemption for nursing mothers from jury duty; provide for. Amends secs. 1313 & 1314 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.1313 & 600.1314).

Of General Interest
SB 508 Elections; absent voters; absent voter ballots; change time when counting may begin. Amends sec. 792a of 1954 PA 116 (MCL 168.792a).

SB 510 Insurance; no-fault; annual audit of the Michigan catastrophic claims association; provide for. Amends sec. 3104 of 1956 PA 218 (MCL 500.3104).

In the Hall of Justice
The Michigan Supreme Court will hold an administrative public hearing on Thursday, May 26, 2005, from 10:30 to 12:30 a.m. in the Supreme Court courtroom located on the sixth floor of the Michigan Hall of Justice, 925 W. Ottawa Street, Lansing, Michigan 48915.
Directions to Hall of Justice and Visitor Parking

Agenda of Administrative Public Hearing

Proposal for Joinder of Criminal Charges, Procedure for Sealing Court of Appeals Files on Supreme Court Public Hearing Agenda

John Ort, Top State Homeland Security Official, to Serve as Trial Court Security Specialist for Michigan Supreme Court

Administrative Orders
Administrative Order No. 2005-1 - File No. 2004-04
Adoption of Concurrent Jurisdiction Plans for the 41st Circuit Court, the 95B District Court, and the Iron County Probate Court, and for the 32nd Circuit Court and the Ontonagon County Probate Court.
Issued: May 17, 2005
Effective: September 1, 2005

Proposed Amendments
2001-10 - Proposed Amendment of Rule 8.123 of the Michigan Court Rules
The proposed amendments of MCR 8.123 would broaden the rule’s reporting requirements to cover court appointments of attorneys in all capacities, regardless of the indigency status of the represented party, while also simplifying the reporting requirements for trial courts. The amendments further would require trial courts to electronically submit their annual reports of counsel appointment to the State Court Administrative Office, in addition to continuing to maintain them for public inspection at the courts. Trial courts also would be required to cooperate with the State Court Administrator by providing additional date on appointments to individual attorneys or attorney groups, and on appointments by an individual judge, without having to include this date in their annual reports.
Issued: May 18, 2005
Comment Period Expires: September 1, 2005
Public Hearing:To be scheduled

At the Bar
Bar Admission Ceremonies

Federal News
Justice Dept. To Launch National Sex Offender Registry
(Detroit News, 5/21/05)

Senators Seek Rent Cut For Judiciary
(Washington Post, 5/20/05)

State News
State Board Votes To Hire Flanagan As Superintendent
(Lansing State Journal, 5/19/05)

Links of Interest
Public Policy Resource Center
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