November 30- December 6, 2003
Volume 1 Issue 14

In the Capitol
Committee meetings of interest for the week of 12/7.

12/9/03House Judiciary

Agenda: HB 5182 Revise procedure for eviction of tenants of property where controlled substances are manufactured, possessed, or delivered; HB 5197 Revise procedure for eviction of tenants of property where controlled substances are manufactured, possessed, or delivered; HB 4871 Revise statutory attorney fees in landlord-tenant eviction and land contract forfeiture actions.

12/9/03—Senate Judiciary
Agenda: HB 5216 Designate, provide for administrative hearings bureau to adjudicate violations of ordinances and impose sanctions for quality of life violations; HB 5217 Provide for lien provisions for certain ordinances enforced by administrative hearings bureaus; HB 5218 Provide for administrative hearings bureau to adjudicate violations of ordinances and impose sanctions; HB 5219 Clarify responsibility for enforcement of quality of life violations by cities, townships, or villages; HB 5220 Allow designation of quality of life violations regarding city or village zoning; HB 5224 Allow to be designated  (noxious weed violations) as quality of life violations by cities, townships, or villages; HB 4249 Prohibit photographing or publicly displaying photographs of deceased accident victims.


12/10/03House Criminal Justice
Agenda: HB 5347 Prohibit and prescribe penalties for operation of audiovisual recording function of a device in motion picture exhibition facilities; HB 5336 Enact sentencing guidelines for crime of audio visual recording in a motion picture facility;
SB 637 Clarify and modify penalties definition of possession as presence of alcohol in the body (of a minor); SB 511 Provide for penalties for failure to properly dispose of a body within a reasonable time period; SB 508 Enact sentencing guidelines for crime of failing to dispose of human body as provided by written agreement.


Complete Committee Meeting List


In the Hall of Justice
Volunteer Mediators in Family Law Cases to be Honored by Court of Appeals


At the Bar
Nominations Open for State Bar McCree Awards for Journalists
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Sections and Committees
The Children's Law Section reports a policy position of opposition to SB 148.

The Family Law Section reports a policy position of support to SB 727, particularly with certain amendments supported by the bills sponsor.  The policy position includes opposition to SB 767 and SB 734.

State News

Highlights of past weeks' action at Capitol
View Full Text (Detroit Free Press, 12/07/03)

Next week in the Legislature
View Full Text (Detroit Free Press, 12/07/03

Court Rules and Administrative Orders

Administrative Order No. 2003-7 - File No. 2003-23

Caseflow Management Guidelines: updates the original caseflow management guidelines created in Administrative Order No. 1991-4.  The new order reflects jurisdictional changes in the courts and changes in court rules and statutes.
Issued: December 2, 2003
Effective: January 1, 2004

Legislation Introduced
12/2-12/4

HB 5337 Courts; judges; various circuit,
probate, and district judgeships; revise.

SB 5338 Civil procedure; other; procedure for affidavit of merit for medical malpractice; revise.

SB 878 Crime victims; rights; victim of identity theft; require merchants to release information on fraudulent transactions, require state police to fingerprint and issue statement that person is a victim of identity theft, and prohibit collection agency from harassing victims.
TIE BAR WITH
SB 879 Occupations; collection practices; collection agencies from communicating with consumers contrary to identity theft victim's rights act; prohibit.
TIE BAR WITH
SB 880 Consumer protection; unfair trade practices; violation of identity theft victim's rights act as violation of consumer protection act; include.


Links of Interest

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