October 3 - 9, 2005
Volume 3 Issue 39

In the Capitol
Committee meetings of interest for the week of 10/10
10/11 Senate Judiciary
Agenda: HB 4133 Repeal prohibition of process service on Sunday and election day; SB 308 Establish as a crime a parent displaying sexually explicit material to minor.
SBM Position: Support in Principle HB 4133
Criminal Jurisprudence and Practice Committee Position: Support HB 4133

10/12 House Judiciary
Agenda: HB 4777 Clarify wrongful death statutes application to unborn child; HB 5052 Include penalties for possessing, acquiring, transporting, or offering for sale counterfeit cigarette rolling papers; HB 5133 Prohibit and establish penalties use of cell phone while operating a vehicle by an individual in the graduated licensing program.

Complete Committee Meeting List

Capitol Agenda

Legislation Recently Signed into Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 10/4 – 10/6
Of Interest to the Legal Community

HB 5267 Family law; child custody; joint custody; mandate in every custody dispute between parents except in certain circumstances. Amends sec. 6a of 1970 PA 91 (MCL 722.26a).

HB 5273 Courts; judges; number of district judges in the ninetieth district; increase. Amends sec. 8155 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.8155).

HB 5275 Law enforcement; law enforcement information network (LEIN); L.E.I.N. policy council act; revise. Amends title & secs. 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 of 1974 PA 163 (MCL 28.211 et seq.); adds secs. 1a & 3a; repeals sec. 6 of 1974 PA 163 (MCL 28.216) & repeals 1988 PA 307 (MCL 28.151 - 28.158).

HB 5276 Law enforcement; records; information disseminated from criminal history database; clarify. Amends 1925 PA 289 (MCL 28.241 - 28.248) by adding sec. 2a.

HB 5277 Law enforcement; law enforcement information network (LEIN); information on LEIN regarding defendant; allow certain parties to share with defendant or defendant's attorney. Amends sec. 4 of 1974 PA 163 (MCL 28.214).

Of General Interest
HB 5261 Public employees and officers; elected officials to report source of travel expenses; require. Creates new act.

HB 5263 Financial institutions; banks; reporting of elderly financial abuse; require. Amends 1999 PA 276 (MCL 487.11101 - 487.15105) by adding sec. 4406.

HB 5268 Crimes; other; torture; prohibit and provide penalties. Amends 1931 PA 328 (MCL 750.1 - 750.568) by adding sec. 85.

HB 5269 Criminal procedure; sentencing guidelines; sentencing guidelines for crime of torture; create. Amends sec. 16d, ch. XVII of 1927 PA 175 (MCL 777.16d). TIE BAR WITH: HB 5268'05.

SJR H Legislature; sessions; unicameral legislature; provide for.

At The Bar Cranmer to Lead State Bar Team on Upper Peninsula Tour

ATJ Receives $57,625 to Benefit Legal Services of South Central Michigan

Federal News
A Ceremonial Start to the Session as the Supreme Court Welcomes a New Chief Justice (New York Times, 10/3/05)

Jailed for Life After Crimes as Teenagers
(New York Times, 10/3/05)
See Also:
Serving Life, With No Chance of Redemption
(New York Times, 10/5/05)

State News
House Takes Steps to Keep Police Posts Open
(Lansing State Journal, 10/7/05)

Links of Interest
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