January 25, 2004 - January 31, 2004
Volume 2 Issue 5

In the Capitol
Committee meetings of interest for the week of 2/1.

2/3/04 House Judiciary
Agenda: HB 5381 Judgment lien (See Sections & Committees); SB 826 Certain provisions relating to the board of county auditors for the county of Saginaw; HCR 44 A concurrent resolution to memorialize the Congress of the United States to affirm support of state-empowered individual property rights and to urge the Congress and the Secretary of the Interior to take certain actions related to the Stupak-Thrall Court case originating in Gogebic County.
TESTIMONY ONLY: HB 5115 Penalties for landlords who repeatedly rent housing units without abating known lead hazards.
Real Property Law Section Position: Oppose HB 5381

2/4//04 House Criminal Justice
Agenda: HB 4260 Definition of persons in a relationship of trust with a vulnerable adult;
HB 5003 Sentencing guidelines for certain liquefied petroleum and carbonic gas violations; HB 4434 Obtaining high school education or GED equivalency as a condition of probation; SB 681 Expert testimony by video conferencing; HB 5105 General revisions to certain robbery statutes.
State Bar Position: Actively Support HB 4260
Legal Aid Committee Position: Support HB 4260
For a faxed copy of the above positions, please call (517) 346-6325 or email

Complete Committee Meeting List

Capitol Agenda
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(Detroit News, 1/31/04)

In the Hall of Justice
Adoptions, Asbestos Docket, Domestic Violence Evidence Rules on Agenda for January 29 Michigan Supreme Court Public Hearing
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(Michigan Supreme Court, 1/27/04)

At the Bar
Nominations Open for Six Major State Bar Awards

Federal News
Cross-Burning Penalty Appealed
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(Washington Post, 1/24/04)

Supreme Court to Consider Banning Execution of Teens
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(New York Times, 1/26/04)

Citing Free Speech, Judge Voids Part of Antiterror Act
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(New York Times, 1/27/04)
See Also:
Patriot Act Rule Rejected by Judge
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(Washington Times), 1/27/04)

Judge Dismisses Slavery Lawsuit
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(Washington Times), 1/27/04)

Western Federal Judges Rip New Law Limiting their Sentencing Discretion
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(Alpena News), 1/28/04)

Advice on Right to Counsel Upheld
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(Washington Post), 1/27/04)

Florida Gay Adoption Ban Upheld

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(Detroit Free Press), 1/29/04)

Bipartisan Request Seeks Halt to Internet Voting
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(Washington Post), 1/30/04)

State News
Text of Granholm's State of the State Address
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(Office of the Governor), 1/27/04)

Bills Seek to Speed DNA Tests
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(Detroit News), 1/29/04)

Court Rules and Administrative Orders
Rule Amendment
2004-02 – Amendment of Rule 4 of the Rules Concerning the State Bar of Michigan
Issued: January 26, 2004
Effective: January 26, 2004
The amendment permits the Bar to send notice of nonpayment of dues to inactive members by first class mail. The Bar is still required to send notice of nonpayment of dues to active members by registered or certified mail to the last recorded address.

Legislation Introduced 1/27 –1/29

SB 932 Children; custody; custody jurisdiction; clarify when parent with custody relocates.

SB 933 Criminal procedure; forfeiture; seizure and forfeiture of property involved in certain identity theft violations; provide for.

Links of Interest
Public Policy Resource Center
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