August 27-September 3, 2007
Volume 5 Issue 35

In the Capitol
The Michigan House released its session schedule for September, which includes tentative session days for Mondays and Fridays.

View House Session Schedule

Committee meetings of interest for the week of 9/3
9/4 House Appropriations: Judiciary
Agenda: SB 233 Judiciary budget for fiscal year 2007-2008.

9/5 House Judiciary
Agenda: HB 5054 Create and provide funding for sexual assault victims' forensic medical intervention and treatment act; HB 5055 Increase minimum state costs assessed in certain criminal cases and provide for distribution of proceeds to assist victims of criminal sexual conduct; HB 5056 Increase minimum state costs assessed in certain criminal cases involving juveniles and provide for distribution of proceeds to assist victims of criminal sexual conduct; HB 5057 Provide for distribution of certain justice system funds to pay for certain costs associated with criminal sexual conduct.

9/5 House Appropriations
Agenda item of interest: SB 233 Judiciary budget for fiscal year 2007-2008.

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 8/22 – 8/23
Of General Interest

HB 5136 Crimes; other; provision regarding wage discrimination based on sex; increase penalties for third or subsequent violation.

SB 689 Retirement; state employees; early retirement for state employees; provide for.

SB 691 Labor; public service employment; mandated public employee contribution to employer-provider health care benefits; provide for.

Legislation Introduced 8/30
Of General Interest

SB 697 Traffic control; other; method of payment for driver's responsibility fees; modify. Amends sec. 732a of 1949 PA 300 (MCL 257.732a).

At the Bar
Visionary Prentiss Brown to be Honored at State Bar's 32nd Michigan Legal Milestone

Lawyers Urged to Increase Public Awareness of Constitution Day

State News
The Department of Treasury has launched a new website dedicated to the Michigan Business Tax that includes an MBT Overview Webinar. The website will also feature a tax estimator in the near future.

The Michigan House and Senate concurred in SB 624 that would allow the state to hold its presidential primary election on January 15, 2008.  The Governor is expected to sign the legislation.
See related:

Governor to Sign Bill Moving Presidential Primary to Jan. 15
(AP/Mlive.com, 8/30/07)
Party Preferences Revealed?
(Livingston County Daily Press & Argus, 8/31/07)
6 Dems to Skip Early Mich. Primary
(Lansing State Journal, 9/2/07)

Oct. 1 State Budget Deadline Looms
(Detroit Free Press, 9/4/07) 

Term Limit Issue Resurfaces
(Saginaw News, 8/31/07)
See also:
Term Limit Changes Pushed by Group
(Detroit News, 8/31/07)

Links of Interest
Public Policy Resource Center | Michigan Supreme Court | Michigan Legislature | MCL Search Engines