September 5 - 10, 2006
Volume 4 Issue 36

In the Capitol
Committee meetings of interest for the week of 9/11
9/12 Senate Judiciary
Agenda: SB 1350 Provide that the recommendation of the Director of Elections concerning sufficiency or insufficiency of a ballot question petition is approved unless disapproved by the Board of State Canvassers; SB 1351 Provide that the recommendation of the Director of Elections concerning sufficiency or insufficiency of a nominating petition is approved unless disapproved by the Board of State Canvassers; SB 1352 Provide that the recommendation of the Director of Elections concerning sufficiency or insufficiency of a qualifying petition is approved unless disapproved by the Board of State Canvassers; HB 5221 Increase allowable number of small claims filed per week by municipalities.

9/13 House Judiciary
Agenda: HB 6307 Expand list of individuals who can be charged with criminal sexual conduct to include coaches; HB 6271 Revise punishment for criminal contempt to include probation; HB 6181 Require use of LEIN by arresting officer to determine if person is on parole and provide notification to Department of Corrections; HB 6182 Require notification to department of corrections when arrest warrant is issued against a parolee; HB 6275 Impose special requirements for parolees who were convicted of violent felonies or who are substance abusers; HB 6430 Prohibit access to social websites by certain sex offenders; HB 6431 Add crime of accessing social networking websites by certain sex offenders to guidelines; Request #585606 Allow for an administrative fee for monitoring prisoner accounts.

Complete Committee Meeting List

Legislation Recently Signed into Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 9/5 - 9/7
Of Interest to the Legal Community
HB 6437 Civil procedure; statute of limitations; statute of limitations and statute of repose for actions against architects, engineers, and construction contractors; revise.

HB 6441 Children; protection; definition of domestic violence; include in child protection law.

HB 6442 Children; protection; arresting law enforcement agency to provide notification to department of human services of domestic violence incidents where children are present; require.

HB 6443 Children; services; requirement for child protective services workers when notified of a domestic violence incident to cross-reference with the central case registry; establish. TIE BAR WITH: HB 6442'06

HB 6444 Children; protection; central case registry; expand to include category III child protective services case.

HB 6445 Children; services; categories established for child abuse investigations; clarify.

At the Bar
The State Bar of Michigan’s 71st Annual Meeting will take place September 13-15 at theYpsilanti Marriott at Eagle Crest. The last meeting of the 2005-2006 Public Policy, Image, and Identity Committee and the Board of Commissioners will be on September 13. The first meeting of the 2006-2007 Board of Commissioners is September 15. The Representative Assembly will meet on September 14. To request a copy of the agenda(s), please email elyon@mail.michbar.org.

Information on the 71st Annual Meeting

State News
Court-Assigned Lawyers Urge County to Up Fees
(Detroit News, 9/8/06)

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