In the Capitol
Committee meetings of interest for the week of 5/26
5/28 House Judiciary
Agenda: HB 4859 Revise jury pool selection process; HB 4934 Allow names and addresses of taxpayers to be disclosed to jury boards for selecting jury pools; HR 281 A resolution to memorialize the United States Congress to reauthorize the DNA backlog program.
For referral to the Committee on Tourism, Outdoor Recreation and Natural Resources: HB 5754 Allow possession and operation of electrical devices designed to temporarily incapacitate persons for holders of concealed weapons permits; HB 5755 Revise provisions governing concealed pistol licensee's right to carry electro-muscular disruption device; HB 5756 Revise guidelines for carrying concealed pistol in prohibited place to include stun guns.
State Bar Position on HB 4859: Support
Civil Procedure and Courts Committee Position on HB 4859: See Report
Criminal Law Section Position on HB 4859: Support in Principle
Justice Initiatives Committee Position on HB 4859: Support.
State Bar Position on HB 4934: Support
Civil Procedure & Courts Committee Position on HB 4934: See Report
Criminal Law Section Position on HB 4934: Support in Principle
Justice Initiatives Committee Position on HB 4934: Support
Complete Committee Meeting List
New Public Acts
Legislation Introduced 5/20 – 5/22
Of Interest to the Legal Community
HB 6125 Insurance; insurers; remedies for failure to timely pay benefits; expand to include attorney fee under certain circumstances. Amends 1956 PA 218 (MCL 500.100 - 500.8302) by adding sec. 2090.
HB 6157 Civil procedure; civil actions; limitation on recovery amount allowed in small claims suits; revise.
HB 6170 Property tax; delinquent taxes; notice requirements for show cause hearing and foreclosure hearing; revise.
HB 6171 Property tax; delinquent taxes; notice of judgment foreclosing property; revise.
At The Bar
Voting Begins June 1 for SBM and JTC Elections
Labor & Employment Law Section Career Seminar Set for June 11
International Law and Taxation Sections Host June 3 Presentation on European Markets
Sections and Committees
The Elder Law and Disability Rights Section submitted a public policy position on HB 4180 Probate; powers of attorney; uniform power of attorney act; enact. Creates new act & repeals secs. 5501 - 5505 of 1998 PA 386 (MCL 700.5501 - 700.5505).
Rendering Justice, With One Eye on Re-election
(New York Times, 5/26/08)
Legal Aid Groups Struggle to Meet Low-Income Need
(Washington Times, 5/23/08)
Mental-health Court is Formed
(The Jackson Citizen Patriot, 5/24/08)
Freedom after 26 Years: Judge Tosses Man's Rape Conviction from 1982
(Detroit News, 5/22/08)
27 Drop Bids for House Seats
(Detroit Free Press, 5/20/08)