September 29, 2005 - October 2, 2005
Volume 3 Issue 38

In the Capitol
Committee meetings of interest for the week of 10/3
10/5 House Judiciary
Agenda: HB 5054 Provide liability protection for licensed health professionals assisting public safety in search, rescue, and recovery resulting from natural or manmade disasters and emergencies; HB 4798 Require crime victims assessment to be applied in cases where sentence has been delayed or deferred; HB 5023 Clarify judges’ authority to impose court ordered fines, costs, or assessments; HB 5145 Revise procedures for payment of certain costs, assessments, and restitution in criminal cases; HB 5135 Eliminate and harmonize certain conflicts with court rules with court decisions; SB 74 Prohibit and provide penalties for reporting a false Amber alert; SB 134 Provide for sentencing guidelines for crime of intentionally falsely reporting the abduction of a child to authorities.

Complete Committee Meeting List

Capitol Agenda

Legislation Recently Signed into Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 9/27 – 9/29
Of Interest to the Legal Community
HB 5221 Courts; district court; allowable number of small claims filed per week by municipalities; increase. Amends sec. 8407 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.8407).

HB 5224 Corrections; parole; prisoners who serve minimum term without misconduct; require to be paroled unless the public safety would be threatened. Amends sec. 35 of 1953 PA 232 (MCL 791.235).

HB 5225 Corrections; prisoners; issuance of identification card and copies of other identifying documents upon release; require, and require prisoners to obtain certain records. Amends secs. 35 & 37 of 1953 PA 232 (MCL 791.235 & 791.237) & adds sec. 34b. TIE BAR WITH: HB 5226'05HB 5227'05HB 5228'05

HB 5226 Corrections; prisoners; statement as to correct name and other identifying data; require of convicted prisoner. Amends sec. 67 of 1953 PA 232 (MCL 791.267). TIE BAR WITH: HB 5225'05HB 5227'05HB 5228'05

HB 5227 Corrections; prisoners; issuance of debit card to access the prisoner's institutional account upon release; provide for. Amends 1953 PA 232 (MCL 791.201 - 791.283) by adding sec. 37a. TIE BAR WITH: HB 5225'05HB 5226'05HB 5228'05

HB 5228 State; identification cards; forms of identification necessary to apply for a state identification card; include corrections identification card and allow access to certain department of corrections data. Amends sec. 1 of 1972 PA 222 (MCL 28.291). TIE BAR WITH: HB 5225'05HB 5226'05HB 5227'05

HB 5229 Traffic control; driver license; forms of identification necessary to apply for driver license; include corrections identification card. Amends sec. 307 of 1949 PA 300 (MCL 257.307). TIE BAR WITH: HB 5230'05

HB 5230 Corrections; prisoners; issuance of identification card to released prisoners; require. Amends sec. 37 of 1953 PA 232 (MCL 791.237). TIE BAR WITH: HB 5229'05

SB 787 Civil rights; general discrimination; disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression; include as categories protected under the Elliott-Larsen civil rights act. Amends title & secs. 102, 103, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 209, 302, 302a, 402, 502, 504, 505 & 506 of 1976 PA 453 (MCL 37.2102 et seq.).

Of General Interest
HB 5238 Worker's compensation; disabilities; physical examination required after notice of injury; allow certified nurse practitioner to conduct the examination. Amends secs. 385 & 865 of 1969 PA 317 (MCL 418.385 & 418.865).

HB 5239 Occupations; health care professions; certified nurse practitioners to determine disability under Michigan employment security act; allow. Amends sec. 28a of 1936 (Ex Sess) PA 1 (MCL 421.28a).

HB 5250 State; employees and officers; financial disclosure report; require certain candidates for elective office and state officials to file. Creates new act.

HB 5256 Insurance; property and casualty; cancellation of malpractice insurance policy; provide parameters for. Amends sec. 3020 of 1956 PA 218 (MCL 500.3020).

SB 780 Campaign finance; statements and reports; expenditure of campaign donations; prohibit until donation is reported on the internet. Amends 1976 PA 388 (MCL 169.201 - 169.282) by adding sec. 40.


At The Bar
Sections and Committees
The Real Property Law Section submitted the following public policy reports:
Oppose: HB 5060 Property; other; use of eminent domain by state or local government to take private property for the primary benefit of a private entity; prohibit. Amends sec. 3 of 1911 PA 149 (MCL 213.23).

Oppose: SB 693 Land use; condemnation; use of eminent domain to transfer private property to private entities; prohibit. Amends sec. 3 of 1911 PA 149 (MCL 213.23).

Oppose: SJR E Land use; condemnation; taking of private property by eminent domain for the primary benefit of private entities; prohibit. Amends sec. 54, art. X of the state constitution.

Federal News
Bush Names Harriet Miers to Supreme Court
(Washington Post, 10/3/05)

Justices to Address Abortion this Term
(Detroit News, 10/3/05)

Roberts Takes Oath as Chief Justice
(Washington Post, 9/29/05)

State News
Senate Takes Up $1 Billion Job Plan
(Detroit News, 10/2/05)

Governor Approves Budget, with Veto
(Lansing State Journal, 10/1/05)

Rule is Drafted on Race, Juries
(Detroit Free Press, 9/29/05)
See Also:
Court May Ban Effort to Increase Minorities on Juries
(Lansing State Journal, 9/30/05)

House OKs Tobacco Settlement Plan
(Lansing State Journal, 9/29/05)

Lawmakers OK Closings of Three State Police Posts
(Lansing State Journal, 9/29/05)

Gov. Signs Bills to Protect Children from Sex Offenders
(Lansing State Journal, 9/29/05)

Gov. Granholm Signs Bill to Have Classes Start after Labor Day
(Lansing State Journal, 9/29/05)

Bill Favoring Military Parents gets Boost
(Lansing State Journal, 9/28/05)

Tribute to Detroit Judge Visits Capitol
(Lansing State Journal, 9/28/05)

Links of Interest
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