June 13, 2004 - June 19, 2004
Volume 2 Issue 25

In the Capitol
Focus: The Michigan Immigration Clerical Assistant Act

The bipartisan efforts of Representatives Steve Tobocman and Bill Huizenga resulted in a two-bill package signed into law by Governor Granholm on June 18, 2004. HB 4983, introduced by Rep. Tobocman, creates the Michigan Immigration Clerical Assistant Act. Its companion bill, HB 4984 sponsored by Rep. Huizenga, establishes sentencing guidelines. The bills are a response to unauthorized practice of law activities that victimize immigrant population.

The State Bar of Michigan supported the legislation in principle.

See Also:
HB 4983 (Tobocman) A bill to regulate certain transactions involved in immigration matters and the providing of services in those matters; to set standards and security requirements involving certain immigration matters and persons engaged in immigration matters; to create a registry; to provide for certain powers and duties for certain state agencies; and to provide for remedies and penalties.

HB 4984 (Huizenga) A bill to place felony penalties for a subsequent violation of the act within the sentencing guidelines section of the Code of Criminal Procedure.

Granholm Signs Protective Law for Immigrants
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(Lansing State Journal, 6/19/04)

Committee meetings of interest for the week of 6/20.

6/22/04 House Judiciary
Agenda: A special presentation by Supreme Court Chief Justice Maura Corrigan and Justice Elizabeth Weaver regarding statutory changes affecting children in foster care.
SB 1244 Allow appointment of a personal representative for disposition of a body when decedent has no assets or no known family members; SB 1261 Eliminate state court administrative office from development of report prepared by automobile theft prevention authority; SB 1262 Revise to the appropriate court reference to state court administrative office; SB 1263 Eliminate requirement to establish paper quality and durability standards for arrest warrants; eliminate.

6/22/04 Senate Judiciary
Agenda: Presentation by Chief Justice Corrigan and Justice Weaver regarding statutory changes affecting children in foster care.
HB 5174 Increase penalties for certain adulterations of drugs and medicine; HB 5175 Enhance in certain circumstances penalty for adulterating, misbranding, or substituting a drug or device with the intent to defraud; HB 5176 Provide for crime of adulterating, misbranding, or substituting drugs; HB 5177 Provide increased penalties for certain adulterations of drugs and medicine; HB 5178 Expand provision relating to nonparolable life sentences to include certain convictions.

6/23/04 House Judiciary
Agenda: HB 4455 Provide excuse from service (jury duty) for persons who have sole responsibility of children under the age of 6; HB 5680 Provide for stay of garnishment of bank account or tax refund when installment payments are made on judgment; HB 5971 Provide for immunity for physicians, nurses, paramedics, and emergency medical technicians while assisting SWAT teams.
General Practice Section Position: Oppose HB 5680
Legal Aid Committee Position
: Support HB 5680 (See Sections and Committees)


6/24/04 House Judiciary
Agenda: HB 4455 Provide excuse from service (jury duty) for persons who have sole responsibility of children under the age of 6; HB 5680 Provide for stay of garnishment of bank account or tax refund when installment payments are made on judgment; HB 5971 Provide for immunity for physicians, nurses, paramedics, and emergency medical technicians while assisting SWAT teams.
General Practice Section Position: Oppose HB 5680
Legal Aid Committee Position
: Support HB 5680 (See Sections and Committees)

Complete Committee Meeting List

Capitol Agenda
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(Detroit News, 6/19/04)

Legislation Introduced 6/15 – 6/17
HB 6022 Crimes; fraud; penalties for falsifying documentation regarding probationer performing community service; provide for.

HB 6028 Elections; ballots; acknowledgment of assistance by person voting absentee ballot; provide for.

SB 1295 Courts; juries; system for requiring jury service and excusing prospective jurors; revise.

SB 1298 Children; custody; reference to "child custody" in the support and parenting time enforcement act; revise to "parenting time". TIE BAR WITH HB 5949.

SB 1299 Children; custody; reference to "child custody" in the friend of the court act; revise to "parenting time". TIE BAR WITH HB 5949.

SB 1300 Children; custody; reference to "child custody" in the surrogate parenting contract act; revise to "parenting time". TIE BAR WITH
HB 5949.

SB 1301 Children; custody; reference to "child custody" in the office of child support act; revise to "parenting time". TIE BAR WITH HB 5949.

SB 1306 Corrections; prisoners; HIV, AIDS, and hepatitis C testing as a condition of release on parole or release upon completion of sentence; require.

In the Hall of Justice
Website Offers Parenting Time Guidance, Information About Courts' Role
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(Michigan Supreme Court, 6/14/04)

Proposed Amendments
2004-09 - Proposed Amendment of Rule 2.603 of the Michigan Court Rules
The proposed amendment of MCR 2.603 would clarify some ambiguities created by the current rule’s inconsistent use of “default,” “judgment by default,” and similar terms.
Issued: June 15, 2004
Comment period expires: October 1, 2004
Public Hearing: to be scheduled

At the Bar
New Emeritus Status Approved for Senior Lawyers
(State Bar of Michigan, 6/14/04)

Sections and Committees

The Probate and Estate Planning Section submitted the following:
Public Policy Report: Support in Concept and Recommend State Bar Action - HB 5718 Probate; wills and estates; provisions to allow and establish requirements for living wills; enact.

The Legal Aid Committee submitted the following:
Public Policy Report: Support but “would also like to see additional protections for persons who have only non-garnishable federal benefits” and Recommend State Bar Action- HB 5680 Civil procedure; garnishment and attachment; stay of garnishment of bank account or tax refund when installment payments are made on judgment; provide for.
To have a copy of this report faxed , please email elyon@mail.michbar.org.

Federal News
Appealing a Death Sentence Based on Future Danger
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(New York Times, 6/14/04)

Doctor Proposes Not Treating Some Lawyers
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(Yahoo.com News, 6/14/04)

See Also:
Malpractice Debate Takes Ugly Turn
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(Traverse City Recod-Eagle, 6/16/04)

The Reach of U.S. Antitrust Law Overseas Is Limited
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(New York Times, 6/15/04)

8 Justices Block Effort to Pull Phrase in Pledge
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(New York Times, 6/15/04)

Justices Will Review Title IX Case
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(Washington Post, 6/15/04)

House Approves $140 Billion in Tax Breaks
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(New York Times, 6/18/04)


State News
Court: Whites Should Not Face More Obstacles in Discrimination Suits
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(CNN.com, 6/14/04)

State May Lose $1.1M to Fight Bioterror
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(Lansing State Journal, 6/15/04)

Granholm Pegs Tax Hike to Medicaid
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(Lansing State Journal, 6/16/04)
See Related:
Tax Hikes May Return
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(Detroit News, 6/18/04)

State's Jobless Rate up to 6.5% in May
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(Lansing State Journal, 6/17/04)

Custody Law Still Not Ready in Lansing
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(Detroit Free Press, 6/17/04)


Court Sides with Detroit Gun Dealer
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(Detroit Free Press, 6/17/04)

Granholm OKs Bill for Dove Hunts
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(Lansing State Journal, 6/19/04)






 












 







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