December 14- December 20, 2003
Volume 1 Issue 16

The Public Policy Update will not be published on Monday, December 29, 2003 due to the holidays. Publication will resume Monday, January 5, 2004. Enjoy the holiday season!

In the Capitol
Both the Michigan House of Representatives and Senate are adjourned until 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 30.

Capitol Agenda
View Full Text (Detroit News, 12/20/03)

In the Hall of Justice
Volunteer Mediators in Family Law Cases to be Honored by the Court of Appeals
View Full Text
(Michigan Supreme Court, 12/16/03)

Supreme Court, Court of Appeals Announce Holiday Schedule
View Full Text
(Michigan Supreme Court, 12/18/03)

At the Bar
Sections and Committees
The Family Law Section submitted a public policy report stating the following positions:
HB 4785 Create tax refund offset program – Support
HB 5259 Child support arrearage amnesty program Support
HB 5261 Child support arrearage amnesty program – Support
HB 5262 Child support arrearage amnesty program – Support
SB 485 Child support arrearage interest – Oppose
SB 818 Social security number disclosure – Oppose as written

Federal News
Justices' Ruling Sets Broad 'Probable Cause' Standard in Drug Arrests
(Washington Post, 12/16/03)

Court: Terror Suspects Must Get Lawyers
(Detroit News, 12/18/03)
See Also:
Detainee to Get Hearing
View Full Text (Washington Post, 12/19/03)

Seized Citizen Is Ordered Released
(Washington Post, 12/19/03)

    State News
    Budget Deal Reached to Eliminate Budget Deficit
    View Full Text (, 12/18/03)

    House OKs Delay in Tax Cut
    View Full Text (Lansing State Journal, 12/19/03)
    See Also:
    Tax Cut Delayed to Save Millions
    View Full Text (Holland Sentinel, 12/19/03)

    Judge Rebukes Ashcroft for Gag Violation
    (Washington Post, 12/17/03)

    Cox Wants to Charge Corrections for Legal Help
    (, 12/16/03)

    Welfare Drug Tests to End
    View Full Text (New York Times, 12/19/03)

    Court Rules and Administrative Orders
    Rule Amendments:
    2003-64 – Amendment of Rules 7.211 and 7.213 of the Michigan Court Rules
    Issued: December 17, 2003
    Effective: December 17, 2003
    Motions in the Court of Appeals; Calendar Cases
    The amendments were made to bring the rules into conformity when referencing court rules that have been amended.

    1998-50 – Amendment of Rule 3.951 of the Michigan Court Rules
    Issued: December 17, 2003
    Effective: December 17, 2003
    Initiating Designated Proceedings
    The amendment corrects an inadvertent error in the rule as adopted effect May 1, 2003.

    Legislation Introduced
    HB 5387 Criminal procedure; DNA; sunset of DNA testing assessment; eliminate.

    SB 903 Crimes; drunk driving; requirement for a blood alcohol content test and a drug test for accidents resulting in serious injury; mandate.

Links of Interest
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