February 15, 2004 - February 21, 2004
Volume 2 Issue 8

In the Capitol
Committee meetings of interest for the week of 2/22.

2/24 House Judiciary
Agenda:HB 5381 A judgment lien; HB 5394 Certain statements made by law enforcement officers to law enforcement agencies; TESTIMONY ONLY: HB 5399 State drug treatment court advisory board; HB 5400 Drug treatment courts; HB 5401 Drug treatment courts.
Real Property Law Section Position: Oppose HB 5381

2/24 Senate Appropriations: Judiciary & Corrections
Agenda: Discussion of the FY 2004-05 Budget Recommendation for the Dept. of Corrections.

2/25 House Criminal Justice
Agenda: HB 4983 Licensure of immigration clerical assistants; HB 4984 Sentencing guidelines for certain violations of the Michigan immigration clerical assistant act.
State Bar Position: Support in Principle HB 4983

Complete Committee Meeting List

Capitol Agenda

In the Hall of Justice
Debra A. Gutierrez-McGuire Named Supreme Court Administrative Counsel
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(Michigan Supreme Court, 2/19/04)

At the Bar
Justice Initiatives Teams Up With MPLP to Promote Tax Filing Help

(State Bar of Michigan, 2/20/04)

Federal News
Courts Consider Texas Death Row Retardation Claims
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(CNN.com, 2/16/04)

Appeals Court Upholds Federal Do Not Call Registry, Turns Aside Free Speech Challenge
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(Detroit News, 2/18/04)

Supreme Court Will Hear 3rd Detainee Case
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(New York Times, 2/20/04)

State News
Death Penalty Gets New Push
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(Lansing State Journal, 2/19/04)

Lawmaker Wants New System to Select State Supreme Court Justices
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(Macomb Daily, 2/19/04)

Legislation Introduced 2/17-2/19
HB 5572 Appropriations; zero budget; judiciary; provide for fiscal year 2004-2005.

HJR W Criminal procedure; sentencing; death penalty for conviction of first degree murder; allow.

SB 998 Courts; other; drug treatment courts; establish.

SB 999 Controlled substances; penalties; eligibility for probation and dismissal of charges; restrict for drug treatment court participants.  TIE BAR WITH SB 998.

SB 1000 Criminal procedure; youthful trainees; eligibility for youthful trainee program; coordinate with drug treatment courts.  TIE BAR WITH SB 998.

Links of Interest
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