December 7- December 13, 2003
Volume 1 Issue 15

In the Capitol
Capitol Agenda
View Full Text (Detroit News, 12/13/03)


House Panel Considers Changing Term Limits on Lawmakers
View Full Text (Detroit Free Press, 12/10/03)

Committee meetings of interest for the week of 12/15:

12/16/03House Judiciary
Agenda: HB 5365 Repeal provision relating to voting procedures for members of the board of supervisors of Saginaw county; HB 5366 Repeal certain provisions relating to the board of county auditors for the county of Saginaw; repeal.

Complete Committee Meeting List

In the Hall of Justice
Sexual Harassment, Reverse Discrimination Suits Among Cases to be Heard by Michigan Supreme Court
View Full Text (Michigan Supreme Court, 12/8/03)
See Also:
State Top Court to Hear DCX Bias Appeal

View Full Text (Detroit Free Press, 12/10/03)

At the Bar
Proposed New Ethics Rules Forwarded to the Supreme Court

The State Bar has presented to the Michigan Supreme Court the Representative Assembly's  proposal to update and improve the Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct.  The proposals are the result of considerable study and debate on both the national and state levels, and set forth the first major re-write of attorney ethics rules in over 15 years.  The Representative Assembly also recommended for the sake of consistency that the Michigan Supreme Court consider Standards for Lawyer Sanctions and the ethics rules concurrently, so that the two can be debated, adopted, and implemented contemporaneously.  The Supreme Court has now postponed consideration of the Standards for Lawyer Sanctions by removing the item from its January administrative public hearing agenda.

Recent Actions of the Representative Assembly
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Report of Assembly Action on Proposed Rules of Professional Conduct and Proposed Standards for Imposing Attorney Sanctions
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Law and the Media Committee Hosts Macomb Newsroom Seminar
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Past President's Dinner Raises $100,000 for ATJ
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State Bar Holds 2004 Judicial Elections Seminar
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Sections and Committees
The Probate and Estate Planning Section adopted a policy position of support to HB 4131.

Federal News
Court Ruling Affirms New Landscape of Campaign Finance
View Full Text (New York Times, 12/11/03)

State News
Executive Order Presented to Balance '04 Budget
View Full Text (michigan.gov, 12/10/03)
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Budget Cuts Get Final Okay
View Full Text (Lansing State Journal, 12/11/03)

Bowler Accepts Ionia County Judgeship, Resigns as FIA Director; Governor Names BCBSM VP Marianne Udow New Director
View Full Text (michigan.gov, 12/11/03)

Court Rules and Administrative Orders
Other Actions
2003-01 - Supreme Court Appointments to the Committee on Model Civil Jury Instructions
Issued December 9, 2003

Legislation Introduced
12/9-12/11

HB 5368 Children; support; publication of a "most wanted" list for delinquent child support obligors; create.

HB 5369 Children; support; graduated penalty scheme for unpaid support; provide for.
HB 5370 Criminal procedure; sentencing guidelines; sentencing guidelines graduated penalty scheme for unpaid support; enact. TIE BAR WITH HB 5369.

HB 5371 Children; support; incarceration credits; limit

HB 5372 Children; support; bond requirements for felony nonsupport; increase. TIE BAR WITH HB 5373.
HB 5373 Children; support; bond requirements for felony nonsupport; increase.  TIE BAR WITH HB 5372.

HB 5381 Liens; other; a judgment lien; provide

SB 887 Children; support; method for reducing child support arrearage to judgments; create.

SB 888 Children; support; method for reducing child support arrearage to judgments; create.

SB 889 Children; support; method for reducing child support arrearage to judgments; create.

SB 890 Children; support; method for reducing child support arrearage to judgments; create.

SB 892 Weapons; concealed; notification to secretary of state of issuance of personal protection order; require. TIE BAR WITH SB 891.

Links of Interest
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