The Fiscal State in Michigan
Jennifer M. Granholm will deliver her State of the State address
on Tuesday, February 6. State Budget Director Bob Emerson will then
present the Governor’s 2008 budget recommendations on Thursday,
February 8. The state is facing an estimated $722-900 million deficit
in the current fiscal year and the question of how to replace revenue
currently being collected from the Single Business Tax, scheduled
to expire December 31, is still undecided.
Underscores Depth of State's Fiscal Crisis
See Related: Crucial
Week Awaits Governor, Michigan (Detroit News, 2/5/07)
Among the most widely
discussed options for addressing the fiscal situation has been a proposal
to decrease in the sales tax while broadening the base to include services.
Bipartisan leaders in the House and Senate have both publicly stated
that they do not intend to pursue such a proposal. The State Bar has
been active in its advocacy against a tax on legal services. Look for
an update in next week’s Public Policy Update.
Bar of Michigan’s Position Statement on a Tax on Legal Services
meetings of interest for the week of 2/5
Agenda: Organizational meeting and Presentation on Sentencing Guidelines
Joint House and Senate Appropriations
Agenda: Presentation of FY 2008 Executive Budget Recommendations by
Bob Emerson, State Budget Director
Committee Meeting List
Introduced 1/30 - 2/1
Interest to the Legal Community
4147 Family law; child support; termination of child support obligations
when DNA evidence demonstrates payer is not the biological parent;
provide for. Amends 1982
PA 295 (MCL 552.601 - 552.650)
by adding sec. 5f.
4150 Courts; juries; option of juries in criminal trials comprised
of residents of same municipality in which defendant resides; provide
for in cities of over 750,000. Amends secs. 1321 & 1324 of 1961
PA 236 (MCL 600.1321 & 600.1324).
4174 Family law; parenting time; electronic visitation; allow court
to order for parents and grandparents. Amends secs. 7a, 7b & 11
PA 91 (MCL 722.27a et
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).
4184 Corrections; alternatives; special alternative incarceration
programs for prisoners; revise eligibility requirements. Amends sec.
34a of 1953
PA 232 (MCL 791.234a).
4189 Property tax; assessments; transfer of ownership resulting
from the termination of a joint tenancy; revise. Amends sec. 27a of 1893
PA 206 (MCL 211.27a).
4193 Corrections; prisoners; commutation hearings and procedures;
expedite for prisoners who are terminally ill. Amends secs. 35 & 44
PA 232 (MCL 791.235 & 791.244).
103 Housing; landlord and tenants; early lease termination; allow
for certain victims of domestic assault. Amends 1972
PA 348 (MCL 554.601 - 554.616)
by adding sec. 1b.
105 Courts; state court administration; authority for magistrates
to oversee arraignments; allow. Amends secs. 8511 & 8513 of 1961
PA 236 (MCL 600.8511 & 600.8513).
106 Torts; malpractice; affidavit of merit; require for professional
malpractice action against architect or engineer. Amends 1961
PA 236 (MCL 600.101 - 600.9947)
by adding sec. 2912i.
123 Businesses; nonprofit corporations; use of electronic
communications; allow for nonprofit corporations. Amends secs.
106, 133, 141, 143, 151, 404, 405, 407, 413, 441, 446, 451, 521,
525, 1103 & 1144
PA 162 (MCL 450.2106 et
seq.) & adds sec. 406a.
124 Insurance; no-fault; definition of "serious impairment
of body function"; modify. Amends sec. 3135 of 1956
PA 218 (MCL 500.3135).
141 Children; services; court-appointed special advocates;
provide for. Creates new act.
145 Civil procedure; civil actions; installing spyware or adware
onto another individual's computer without consent; prohibit and
provide remedies for. Creates new act.
4160 Civil rights; general discrimination; sexual orientation and gender
identity or expression; include as categories protected under the Elliott-Larsen
civil rights act. Amends title & secs. 102, 103, 202, 203, 204, 205,
206, 207, 209, 302, 302a, 402, 502, 504, 505 & 506 of 1976
PA 453 (MCL 37.2102 et
128 Campaign finance; public funding; public financing for
certain supreme court candidates; provide for. Amends secs. 3,
5, 7, 10 & 11 of 1976
PA 388 (MCL 169.203 et
seq.) & adds secs. 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100,
101, 103, 105, 107, 108 & 109.
the Hall of Justice
- Appointment of Chief Judge of the 46th Judicial District Court
The Honorable Susan M. Moiseev is appointed chief judge of the 46th Judicial
District Court effective February 1, 2007 for the unexpired position
of a two-year term, which commenced January 1, 2006.
January 30, 2007
Effective: February 1, 2007
on Prison Re-Entry Issues Launched
to Police '527' Groups' Campaign Activities
Shifting to Voting System With Paper Trail
(New York Times,
Revisiting Electoral College
(Washington Times, 1/31/07)
Leader Looks for Common Ground in Dems' Territory Legislature
(Detroit Free Press, 2/5/07)