February 29, 2004 - March 6, 2004
Volume 2 Issue 10

In the Capitol
Committee meetings of interest for the week of 3/7.

3/9/04 House Judiciary

Agenda: SB 727 Grandparent visitation; SB 788 Number of judgeships in the seventeenth judicial circuit. PENDING REFERRAL: SB 829 Sixteenth judicial circuit.
Family Law Section Position: SB 727
State Bar Position: Support in Principle SB 788

3/9/04 Senate Judiciary
Agenda: SB 998 Drug treatment courts; SB 999 Eligibility for probation and dismissal of charges; restrict for drug treatment court participants; SB 1000 Eligibility for youthful trainee program; coordinate with drug treatment courts; SB 990 Statute of limitations (provision regarding tolling of statute of limitations); SB 783 Antihazing act; SB 784 Sentencing guidelines for hazing crimes; HB 5104 Penalties for certain vulnerable adult abuse; include as felony murder.

Complete Committee Meeting List

Capitol Agenda
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(Detroit News, 3/6/04)

At the Bar
Sections and Committees
The Animal Law Section submitted a public policy report commending the Attorney General for prosecuting individuals for illegal dealing in reptiles and amphibians.

The Prisons and Corrections Section submitted the following public policy reports:
HB 4773 Children; support; circumstances requiring a review of child support; revise.
Position: Support
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HB 5170 Crimes; fleeing and eluding; fleeing or eluding a police officer; establish a mandatory minimum 2-year sentence.
Position: Oppose
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HB 5199 Criminal procedure; pretrial procedure; release of individual convicted of criminal sexual conduct against minor on bail pending sentencing or appeal; prohibit.
Position: Oppose
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HB 5371 Children; support; incarceration credits; limit.
Position: Oppose
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Federal News
Supreme Court will Hear Death Penalty Case
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(CNN.com, 3/1/04)

Supreme Court Weighs Porn, Free Speech
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(CNN.com, 3/2/04)

FEC to Consider 'Soft Money' Curbs
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(Washington Post, 3/2/04)

Blackmun's Papers Shine Light Into Court
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(Washington Post, 3/5/04)

State News

Death Penalty Debate Revived
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(Oakland Press, 2/29/04)

Legislation Introduced 3/2–3/4
SB 1030 Civil procedure; civil actions; statute of limitations on certain child sex offenders; eliminate

SB 1044 Appropriations; judiciary; judiciary budget; provide for fiscal year 2004-2005.

SB 1051 Probate; wills and estates; general amendments to the estates and protected individuals code; provide for.

SB 1058 Appropriations; zero budget; judiciary; provide for fiscal year 2004-2005.

SB 1070 Criminal procedure; other; diversion from jail for certain individuals under certain circumstances; allow.
SB 1071 Mental health; other; diversion from jail for certain individuals under certain circumstances; allow.

Links of Interest
Public Policy Resource Center
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