The Michigan House of Representatives has added session
dates to its calendar for the months of July and August. New dates include
every Wednesday at 10:00 am from July 12 to August 30.
Meetings of Interest for the week of 6/12
6009 Increase penalties for third or subsequent drunk driving or
drug driving conviction regardless of the number of years elapsed since
prior conviction; HB
4861 Allow use of pepper spray or foam devices by certain law enforcement
4160 Revise limitation on recovery amount allowed in small claims
1046 Clarify right to self-defense and defense of others; SB
1185 Provide for immunity from civil action for person who uses
force in compliance with self-defense act; HB
6135 Provide in sentencing guidelines crime of sex offender failing
to provide notice of proposed residence upon release from incarceration; HB
5800 Revise use of the Michigan youth correctional facility; SB
1282 Enact sentencing guidelines for sale, distribution, or delivery
of product containing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine by mail, internet,
or telephone; SB
420 Limit provisions regarding grandparent visitation after stepparent
adoption to parent of a deceased parent; HB
5967 Require revocation of parole of certain individuals convicted
of certain crimes while on parole and establish procedures; HB
5970 Designate and define as rules and clarify certain exemptions
certain policies concerning correctional facilities.
Bar of Michigan Positions:
in Principle. The Judicial Conference and the Civil Procedure and
Courts Committee join the State Bar in its opposition.
Oppose the provision that would eliminate judicial discretion concerning
the payment of fees and costs at the conclusion of trial.
Senate Economic Development, Small Business and Regulatory Reform
Agenda item of
1099 (Bishop) Liens; other; commercial real estate brokers lien; create.
Property Law Section Position:
Committee Meeting List
Recently Signed into Public Acts
Introduced 6/1 – 6/8
Interest to the Legal Community
6153 Businesses; charitable organizations; determining charitable intent
of donors to charitable trusts; revise.
6156 Liens; other; special tools liens; provide for interest and
6187 Vehicles; title; title provision; clarify effective date of
Y Criminal procedure; sentencing; capital punishment for first
degree murder; provide for.
6168 Property tax; tax tribunal; mediation; provide for.
6169 Property tax; tax tribunal; issuance of proposed decisions;
6170 Property tax; tax tribunal; small claims hearings; modify.
6171 Property tax; tax tribunal; membership requirements; revise.
the Hall of Justice
Game Teaches Judicial Branch Basics; Game, Teacher's Guide
Available on Supreme Court Learning Center Web Site
- Appointments to the Attorney Discipline Board
Issued: June 6, 2006
- Appointments to the Child Support Leadership Council
Issued: June 6, 2006
Board of Commissioners met on Friday, June 9, 2006. The following public
policy positions were adopted by the State Bar of Michigan:
5132 (Baxter) Libraries; state; requirement for certain public
documents to be provided to state libraries; eliminate when documents
are available on the internet. Amends sec. 9 of 1982
PA 540 (MCL 397.19).
Support in Principle. The State Bar reconsidered its previous position.
5625 (Mortimer) Courts; district court; small claims division;
allow real estate agents to represent landlords in small claims court
in security deposit disputes under certain circumstances. Amends sec.
8408 of 1961
PA 236 (MCL 600.8408).
6001 (Hildenbrand) Civil procedure; civil actions; sanctions for
frivolous lawsuits; increase. Amends sec. 2591 of 1961
PA 236 (MCL 600.2591).
Constitutional Amendment from the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative
A proposal to
amend the State Constitution to ban affirmative action programs that give
preferential treatment to groups or individuals based on their race, gender,
color, ethnicity or national origin for public employment, education or
Oppose in Principle
State Bar Foundation Grant Application Deadline is June 30
Young Lawyers Section Hosts Technology Seminar
and Corrections Section submitted a public
policy report and recommendation regarding juvenile life without parole sentences.
Property Law Section submitted a public
policy report regarding In re VanConnett, Estate that stated its
position that a mutual will that endeavors to restrain alienation of
fee simple title is void.
The Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee submitted
a public policy report stating its opposition to HB
5625: Courts; district court; small claims division; allow real estate
agents to represent landlords in small claims court in security deposit
disputes under certain circumstances. Amends sec. 8408 of 1961
PA 236 (MCL 600.8408).
Penalty in Some Cases of Child Sex Is Widening
(New York Times, 6/10/06)
Public at Health Risk
(Washington Times, 6/8/06)
Takes 2 Race-Based School-Assignment Cases
(Washington Times, 6/6/06)
Urges Action Related to State's Business Tax Structure
(Detroit News, 6/11/06)
Faults Ballot Bid on Affirmative Action
(Detroit News, 6/8/06)
May Get Display of Historical Documents
(Lansing State Journal, 6/8/06)
Bills OK Deadly Force
(Lansing State Journal, 6/7/06)