June 18-24, 2007
Volume 5 Issue 25

In the Capitol
Committee meetings of interest for the week of 6/25
6/26 Senate Judiciary
Agenda: SB 435 Reorganize eighty-seventh judicial district into 3 separate districts; SB 505 Provide for exemption for certain state court judges and state court retired judges from concealed weapons no-carry zones.

6/27 House Judiciary
Agenda: SB 386 Expand provisions in criminal sexual conduct statutes relating to teachers and other school employees to include volunteers, employees, and contractual service providers; HB 4920 Create high blood alcohol content drunk driving convictions as separate crime, and require certain license sanctions and ignition interlock device requirements; HB 4921 Amend license sanctions for repeat drunk driving offenders; HB 4289 Require installation of ignition interlocking device for high blood alcohol content drunk driving convictions.

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 6/19 – 6/21
Of Interest to the Legal Community

HB 4931 Courts; juries; lists of persons available for creating juror pools; expand. Amends sec. 1304 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.1304) & adds secs. 1310a, 1310b, 1310c & 1310d. TIE BAR WITH: HB 4932'07, HB 4933'07, HB 4934'07

HB 4932 Courts; juries; names and addresses of persons receiving unemployment benefits; allow to be disclosed to jury boards for selecting jury pools. Amends 1936 (Ex Sess) PA 1 (MCL 421.1 - 421.75) by adding sec. 54d. TIE BAR WITH: HB 4931'07

HB 4933 Courts; juries; names of persons receiving public assistance; allow to be disclosed to jury boards for selecting jury pools. Amends sec. 64 of 1939 PA 280 (MCL 400.64). TIE BAR WITH: HB 4931'07

HB 4934 Courts; juries; names and addresses of taxpayers; allow to be disclosed to jury boards for selecting jury pools. Amends sec. 28 of 1941 PA 122 (MCL 205.28). TIE BAR WITH: HB 4931'07

HB 4951 Crimes; homicide; delayed right to appeal for persons convicted of felony murder before November 25, 1980; provide if malice not proved. Amends 1927 PA 175 (MCL 760.1 - 777.69) by adding sec. 13 to ch. X.

HB 4953 Environmental protection; other; reimbursement of costs and attorney fees for actions under NREPA; provide for. Amends 1994 PA 451 (MCL 324.101 - 324.90106) by adding sec. 1111.

HB 4963 Occupations; real estate; experience requirement for an attorney to obtain a real estate broker license; clarify. Amends sec. 2505 of 1980 PA 299 (MCL 339.2505).

HB 4964 Criminal procedure; sentencing guidelines; sentencing guidelines commission; establish. Amends 1927 PA 175 (MCL 760.1 - 777.69) by adding secs. 32 & 33 to ch. IX.

SB 591 Torts; product liability; liability of successor corporation for asbestos claims; enact limits. Amends 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.101 - 600.9947) by adding ch. 30.

Of General Interest
HB 4940 Health; anatomical gifts; uniform anatomical gift act; create. Amends heading of pt. 101 & secs. 10101, 10102, 10103, 10104, 10105, 10106, 10107, 10108, 10109, 10204 & 20165 of 1978 PA 368 (MCL 333.10101 et seq.); adds secs. 10110, 10111, 10112, 10113, 10114, 10115, 10116, 10117, 10118, 10119, 10120, 10121, 10122 & 10123 & repeals sec. 10102a of 1978 PA 368 (MCL 333.10102a). TIE BAR WITH: HB 4941'07, HB 4942'07, HB 4943'07, HB 4944'07, HB 4945'07

HJR R Legislature; legislators; term limits; extend.

At The Bar
State Bar of Michigan Annual Meeting, ICLE Solo and Small Firm Institute Set for Sept. 26-28 in Grand Rapids

Clifford T. Flood Appointed State Bar General Counsel

In the Hall of Justice
Learning Center Volunteers Honored by Michigan Supreme Court

Attorney Grievance Commission Appointments Announced by Michigan Supreme Court

Attorney Discipline Board Appointments Announced by Michigan Supreme Court

Appointments to Committee on Model Civil Jury Instructions Announced by Michigan Supreme Court

Administrative Orders
Administrative Order No. 2007-3 - File No. 2002-37
Proposed e-filing pilot in Oakland County
Issued: June 19, 2007
Effective: August 1, 2007 (or as soon thereafter as is possible)

Administrative Order No. 2006-6 - File No. 2003-47
Prohibition on "Bundling" Cases
Issued: August 9, 2006
Retained: June 19, 2007
Comment period expired: December 1, 2006
Public Hearing Held: January 17, 2007

Federal News
Justices Loosen Restrictions on Election Ads
(New York Times, 6/25/07) 

States Face Decisions on Who Is Mentally Fit to Vote
(New York Times, 6/19/07)

State News
Upcoming Tax Vote Raises Tensions at State Capitol
(AP, 6/24/07)

Michigan Not Worst in Taxes or Spending
(Detroit Free Press, 6/24/07)

New Tax is Drawing Critics
(Detroit Free Press, 6/22/07)

Part-Time Legislature May Not Save Much
(Macomb Daily, 6/21/07)

Lawmakers Propose New Redistricting Method
(Lansing State Journal, 6/19/07)

Links of Interest
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