September 25 - October 1, 2006
Volume 4 Issue 39

In the Capitol
Complete Committee Meeting List

Legislation Recently Signed into Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 6/5 – 6/7
The following bills were also identified as being of interest for the week of 9/4.
Of Interest to the Legal Community
HB 6403 Civil procedure; personal protection orders; personal protection order to prohibit certain conduct on or near school property or students; provide for. Amends 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.101 - 600.9947) by adding sec. 2976. TIE BAR WITH: HB 6404'06, HB 6405'06, HB 6406'06

HB 6404 Civil procedure; personal protection orders; school zone personal protection order; authorize state police to serve and arrest violators. Amends sec. 6 of 1935 PA 59 (MCL 28.6). TIE BAR WITH: HB 6403'06

HB 6405 Civil procedure; personal protection orders; jurisdiction over juvenile violations of school zone personal protection order; provide for. Amends secs. 1, 2 & 14, ch. XIIA of 1939 PA 288 (MCL 712A.1 et seq.). TIE BAR WITH: HB 6403'06

HB 6406 Civil procedure; personal protection orders; violation of school zone personal protection order; allow arrest without warrant. Amends sec. 15b, ch. IV of 1927 PA 175 (MCL 764.15b). TIE BAR WITH: HB 6403'06

SB 1396 Probate; guardians and conservators; notification to credit agencies of the existence of a conservatorship; require. Amends sec. 5419 of 1998 PA 386 (MCL 700.5419).

SB 1401 Torts; malpractice; affidavit of meritorious defense; require for professional malpractice action against architect or engineer. Amends 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.101 - 600.9947) by adding sec. 2912i.

SB 1407 Torts; governmental immunity; liability of a peace officer for injuries caused while rendering assistance outside jurisdiction; create immunity. Amends sec. 7 of 1964 PA 170 (MCL 691.1407).

SB 1409 Property tax; payment and collection; forfeiture of recorded and unrecorded interests; clarify. Amends secs. 78i & 78k of 1893 PA 206 (MCL 211.78i & 211.78k)


In the Hall of Justice
Constitutional Challenge to Casino Gambling Compacts to be Heard by Michigan Supreme
Court

Animated Video About Michigan Court System to Premiere on September 29 at Michigan
Supreme Court Learning Center

Proposed Amendments
2006-31 - Proposed Amendment of Rule 9.227 of the Michigan Court Rules
This proposal would extend immunity from civil suit for statements or communications made to agents of the Judicial Tenure Commission, and would add agents to the individuals who are immune from civil suit for conduct in the course of their official duties with the commission.
Issued: September 26, 2006
Comment period expires: January 1, 2007
Public Hearing: To be scheduled

2005-42 - Proposed Amendment of Rule 3.932 of the Michigan Court Rules
The proposed amendments of MCR 3.932 would allow a court to enter a plea for violations of the Michigan Vehicle Code, and would require a court to report to the Secretary of State violations of the Michigan Vehicle Code that are handled on the court’s consent calendar.
Issued: September 26, 2006
Comment period expires: January 1, 2007
Public Hearing: To be scheduled

2005-41- Proposed New Rule 19 of the Rules Concerning the State Bar of Michigan
The proposed new rule codifies the practice of the State Bar of Michigan with regard to confidentiality of records maintained relating to various state bar programs.
Issued: September 26, 2006
Comment period expires: January 1, 2007
Public Hearing: To be scheduled

At the Bar
Graham Joins SBM as Equal Access Initiative Manager

Sections and Committees
The Appellate Practice Section submitted a public policy report stating its support for HB 5933, provided that suggested amendments are adopted.
HB 5933 Administrative procedure; contested cases; requirement of written record; clarify. Amends sec. 74 of 1969 PA 306 (MCL 24.274).

Federal News
New Supreme Court Term Opens Today
(Detroit Free Press, 10/2/06)
See Also:
Justices to Hear Abortion, Integration Cases
(Washington Post, 10/2/06)

Experiment Will Test the Effectiveness of Post-Prison Employment Programs
(New York Times, 10/1/06)

Bill Would Reimburse States for Printing Alternate Ballots
(New York Times, 9/27/06)

State News
Minimum Wage Shifts Nearly $2 Higher Today
(Lansing State Journal, 10/1/06)

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