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SBM NewsLinks will be on hiatus from Monday, December 22, 2014, through Friday, January 2, 2015. The newsletter will resume on Monday, January 5, 2015.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Michigan Legal News

Attorney General Bill Schuette 'bullies,' says outgoing prominent Republican: There are 'dinosaurs' in Lansing
MLive.com - Dec 19, 2014
...'dinosaurs' in Lansing A significant Republican voice in Michigan's Legislature said Thursday that GOP Attorney General Bill Schuette "bullies" those...
 
Kent County Land Bank's handling of abandoned properties upheld by state Court of Appeals
MLive.com - Dec 19, 2014
Kent County Land Bank's handling of abandoned properties upheld by state Court of Appeals GRAND RAPIDS, MI The state court of appeals has upheld...
 
Michigan voters to decide road funding tax hike
Midland Daily News - Dec 19, 2014
...Democrat. But some advocates of increased transportation funding criticized the Legislature for not putting a tax hike in place in case voters...
 
More convicts could expunge criminal records under Michigan bill headed to governor's desk
MLive.com - Dec 18, 2014
...legislation is supported by a number of legal groups, including the State Bar of Michigan, the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan and the...
 
Internet sales tax collection bill heads to Gov. Snyder
Detroit Free Press - Dec 19, 2014
...on customers. The legislation won final approval in the Republican-controlled Legislature early Friday morning 83-27 in the House and 25-13 in...
 
On last day, Michigan lawmakers snuff pot bills
Lansing State Journal (AP) - Dec 19, 2014
...for medical marijuana supporters and caregivers, who after a state Supreme Court ruling last year, are left with one option: growing their own...
 
Cyberbullying legislation sent to Gov. Snyder
Lansing State Journal (AP) - Dec 19, 2014
...requirements early Friday. The bill is designed to address gaps in a 2011 law that requires K-12 districts and charter schools to have anti-bullying...
 
See which notable education bills passed and which ones died during Michigan's lame-duck session
MLive.com - Dec 19, 2014
...session A flurry of education bills passed through the Michigan Legislature Thursday night and Friday morning as lawmakers wrapped up the 2013-14...
 
Detroit scores tax foreclosure victories
The Detroit News - Dec 18, 2014
Duggan told the Senate Finance Committee on Dec. 3. The Legislature also sent Snyder a third bill the Duggan administration wanted that could...
 
Hamtramck to transition back to local control, ends emergency management
Grand Rapids Press - MLive.com - Dec 19, 2014
...emergency manager option from the state's then-new financial emergency law. Hamtramck was the first Michigan city given the choice between state-appointed...
 
EPA expected to treat coal ash waste like garbage
The Detroit News - Dec 19, 2014
...garbage, rather than a hazardous material. The Obama administration is under court order to unveil the rule Friday, ending a six-year effort...
 
U.S. to sell last Ally Financial shares
Detroit Free Press - Dec 19, 2014
...Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act, a federal law that was passed following the savings and loan crisis in the 1980s.
 
Delta College board to allow administrators to decide FOIA appeals
Saginaw News - MLive.com - Dec 19, 2014
...requirements for filling board vacancies, due to changes in the law Clarification that members may attend meetings by telephonic means only during...
 
Dearborn Heights teen sues, charges anti-Arab bullying
Detroit Free Press - Dec 18, 2014
...further comment. The complaint was filed by Nabih Ayad, a Canton attorney who chairs the Arab-American Civil Rights League, against the school,
 
Judge calls mistrial in 1996 Kalkaska slaying case
The Detroit News - Dec 19, 2014
Judge calls mistrial in 1996 Kalkaska slaying case Kalkaska Jurors have reached an impasse in the trial of a man accused of raping and killing...
 
Two district court positions eliminated, 39 raises awarded in effort to save Jackson County $45,000
MLive.com - Dec 19, 2014
Two district court positions eliminated, 39 raises awarded in effort to save Jackson County $45,000 JACKSON, MI With two top-level employees...
 
Jeffrey O’Hara takes the oath to become first new judge in 40 years in northern Kent County
Grand Rapids Press - MLive.com - Dec 19, 2014
Jeffrey O Hara takes the oath to become first new judge in 40 years in northern Kent County GRAND RAPIDS, MI Northern Kent County has its fifth...
 
Genesee County Bar Foundation and Association give those who have less a holiday dinner
MLive.com - Dec 18, 2014
...holiday dinner FLINT -- Genesee County Bar Association President and attorney Jeff Himelhoch said he wishes the number of people who attended...

National Legal News

DOJ: Transgender people can’t be discriminated against at work
The Washington Post - Dec 18, 2014
...claims in mind when it enacted Title VII, but noted that the Supreme Court has made clear that Title VII must be interpreted according to its...
 
Colorado vows to defend pot law against states' challenge
Bloomberg Businessweek - Dec 19, 2014
...legalizing marijuana after Nebraska and Oklahoma asked the U.S. Supreme Court to declare it unconstitutional, saying the drug is freely flowing...
 
U.S. green groups sue EPA over stormwater regulations
Reuters US News - Dec 19, 2014
...that they filed the suit on Thursday in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. The EPA did not immediately respond to a request...
 
FCC Rejects Claim That the Word ‘Redskins’ Is Obscene
Time Magazine - Dec 18, 2014
...manager. The FCC said the word isn t obscene, citing a Supreme Court ruling defining obscene material as something sexual in nature. Banzhaf s...
 
Wal-Mart Accused of Ignoring Order to Give Up Bribery Files
Bloomberg - Dec 18, 2014
...oversaw the internal review of the allegations. In July, the Delaware Supreme Court upheld that order. Despite the court orders, Wal-Mart has...
 
Boston Marathon bombing suspect makes first court appearance since 2013
The Christian Science Monitor - Dec 18, 2014
 
Executed at age 14, George Stinney exonerated 70 years later
The Christian Science Monitor - Dec 18, 2014
...stand, was a black man, the son of South Carolina's first African-American state Supreme Court justice since Reconstruction. Brad Knickerbocker
 
Judge: Arizona dreamers can apply for licenses Monday
USA Today - Dec 18, 2014
...forward in pursuing a full review of this matter before the United States Supreme Court as soon as possible." In his ruling, Campbell said the...
 
Missouri attorney general sues cities over predatory traffic ticketing
Reuters US News - Dec 18, 2014

Opinions

Obama’s Judicial Legacy May Have Been Settled This Week
Time Magazine - Dec 19, 2014
...through all judicial nominations with the exception of those for the Supreme Court. If the new Senate Republican majority holds and a Republican...
 
Lame-duck session ends in cowardice, road failure
The Detroit News - Dec 18, 2014
...funding uncertain The road funding bill patched together by the Legislature and Gov. Rick Snyder Thursday represents an abandonment of responsibility...
 
Tim Skubick: Gov. Snyder continues to practice the art of avoiding questions that are 'not on his agenda'
MLive.com - Dec 19, 2014
...made a commitment to veto a GOP priority to ditch the prevailing wage law. The law s supporters claim it gives union workers a better shot at...
 
Michigan, a comeback state for clean energy
The Detroit News - Dec 18, 2014
...Michigan jobs. Further, the Clean Power Plan compliments current state law that set a goal of 10 percent of energy from renewable sources by...
 
Give juvenile lifers a second chance: Column
USA Today - Dec 18, 2014
...arguments in Toca v. Louisiana, the U.S. Supreme Court opened the door for another important move toward rationalizing the administration of...
 
On immigration, it’s all about policy versus politics - The Washington Post
The Fix - Washington Post - Dec 19, 2014
 
Are Nebraska and Oklahoma just fair-weather federalists?
The Washington Post - Dec 19, 2014
...upon the rationale of Gonzales v. Raich, in which the Supreme Court upheld the application of the CSA to the intrastate possession of marijuana...

News of interest to Michigan attorneys from SBM

Governor Appoints David Fischer to Judicial Tenure Commission
SBM Blog - Dec 19, 2014
Governor Appoints David Fischer to Judicial Tenure Commission Governor Rick Snyder has appointed David Fischer to the Judicial Tenure Commission...
 
New Materials Offer More Information About Best Practices for Language Access in Michigan Courts
SBM Blog - Dec 18, 2014
...Offer More Information About Best Practices for Language Access in Michigan Courts An audio recording and materials from a program outlining...
 
SBM Encourages Michigan Attorneys to Volunteer on MLK Day
SBM Blog - Dec 17, 2014
SBM Encourages Michigan Attorneys to Volunteer on MLK Day All Michigan attorneys are encouraged to participate in a day of service on the upcoming...

 

 

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