September 4-9, 2007
Volume 5 Issue 36

In the Capitol
Committee meetings of interest for the week of 9/10
9/11 Senate Appropriations
Agenda: Budget Briefing - Gary Olson, director, Senate Fiscal Agency.

9/11 Senate Families and Human Services
Agenda: SB 668 Clarify termination of parental rights and parenting time; SB 669 Clarify permanency plan and permanent placement of a child; SB 670 Revise notice regarding termination of parental rights; SB 671 Allow alternate permanency plan to be made concurrently with reasonable efforts to reunify child and family; SB 672 Require review of permanency plan.

9/12 House Judiciary
Agenda: Testimony from Rich Robinson, executive director, Michigan Campaign Finance Network
regarding judicial conflicts of interest and recusal under Article VI of the Michigan Constitution
.

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 9/4 - 9/7
House Majority Floor Leader Steve Tobocman introduced a group of bills that could be used to enact a revenue enhancement as part of the ongoing budget negotiations. Two of the bills, HB 5196 and HB 5199, could potentially enact a 6% sales tax on services. The State Bar of Michigan has been closely monitoring the potential for a renewal of the debate on taxing legal services. Possible revenue enhancements have included an increase in the personal income tax, a sales tax on all services, a sales tax on a limited number of luxury or discretionary services, and an increase in the income tax rate. The threat of a tax on legal services remains throughout the budget talks. The State Bar of Michigan continues to be actively engaged in efforts to oppose a tax on legal services.

HB 5191 Sales tax; collections; electronic sales tax filing program; require.

HB 5192 Use tax; credits and deductions; definition revisions and reference to new business tax; provide for.

HB 5193 Revenue sharing; other; references to single business tax; revise.

HB 5194 Income tax; rate; single business tax references and rate provisions; clean up.

HB 5195 Income tax; rate; single business tax references and rate provisions; clean up.

HB 5196 Use tax; rate; general amendments; provide for.

HB 5197 Use tax; exemptions; certain exemptions; eliminate.

HB 5198 Use tax; exemptions; certain exemptions; eliminate.

HB 5199 Use tax; rate; general amendments; provide for.

HB 5200 Sales tax; rate; general amendments; provide for.

HB 5201 Sales tax; rate; general amendments; provide for.

Of Interest to the Legal Community
HB 5186 Probate; guardians and conservators; appointment of conservator; require court to consider if person under a guardianship has liquid assets of more than certain limit. TIE BAR WITH: HB 5187'07, HB 5188'07

HB 5187 Probate; guardians and conservators; power of conservator to mortgage or place lien on protected individual's home; require prior court approval. TIE BAR WITH: HB 5186'07, HB 5188'07

HB 5188 Probate; guardians and conservators; bond; require if protected individual has liquid assets over certain limit. TIE BAR WITH: HB 5186'07, HB 5187'07

SB 704 Criminal procedure; jurisdiction; prosecutorial jurisdiction for certain counterfeit debit, credit card, and driver license offenses; expand. Amends sec. 10c, ch. II of 1927 PA 175 (MCL 762.10c). TIE BAR WITH: SB 0703'07, SB 0705'07, SB 0706'07

SB 709 Retirement; fire and police; definition of spouse; clarify. Amends sec. 6 of 1937 PA 345 (MCL 38.556).

SB 710 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: SB 0711'07, SB 0712'07, SB 0713'07, SB 0714'07, SB 0715'07

SB 715 Health; anatomical gifts; amendments regarding revised uniform anatomical gift act; provide for in estates and protected individuals code. Amends secs. 3206, 5506, 5507, 5508 & 5510 (MCL 700.3206 et seq.). TIE BAR WITH: SB 0710'07

SB 716 Health; medical records; medical record access; revise. Amends sec. 3 of 2004 PA 47 (MCL 333.26263).

Of General Interest
HB 5160 Crimes; other; use of certain out-of-state violations to enhance drunk driving penalties; allow.

At the Bar
State Bar to Honor 2007 Award Winners at Annual Meeting

SBM Justice Initiatives Division Announces Annual Meeting Programs

State News
'I'd Say It's 50-50 Odds on a State Shutdown'
(Oakland Press, 9/10/07)

Legislators Miss Ballot Deadline, Budget Stalemate Continues
(AP/Mlive.com, 9/6/07)

Mich. Presidential Primary Set for Jan. 15
(Lansing State Journal, 9/5/07)

Links of Interest
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