May 9, 2004 - May 15, 2004
Volume 2 Issue 20

In the Capitol
Committee meetings of interest for the week of 5/16.

5/18/04 House Judiciary
Agenda: HB 5338 Revise procedure for affidavit of merit for medical malpractice (There will be a substitute similar to HB 5905); HB 5905 Allow only with showing of good cause relation back of amended affidavit of meritorious defense in medical malpractice action; HB 5311 Prohibit introduction of evidence of an expression of sympathy as an admission of liability in a civil action; HB 5494 Create law enforcement memorial monument.

5/18/04 Senate Judiciary
Agenda: HB 5381 Provide for a judgment lien; HB 5589 Establish requirement for child protective services workers to provide certain identifying information during a child protective services investigation.
Civil Procedure and Courts Committee Position: Oppose HB 5381; authorization was granted to the Committee to advocate its position.
Real Property Law Section Position: Oppose HB 5381

5/18/04 House Criminal Justice
Agenda: SB 1009 Clarify definition of false pretense; HB 5820 Increase penalties for reckless driving; SB 912 Enact sentencing guidelines for crime of reproducing, altering, counterfeiting, forging, or duplicating Michigan personal identification card; SB 913 Increase penalties for reproducing, altering, counterfeiting, forging, or duplicating Michigan personal identification card; HB 5906 Allow certain public bodies to create law enforcement agencies; HB 5907 Extend jurisdiction of commission on law enforcement standards to law enforcement officers of multicounty metropolitan districts.

Complete Committee Meeting List

Capitol Agenda
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(Detroit News, 5/15/04)

2004 Unofficial Michigan Primary Candidate Listing
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(, 5/14/04)

Legislation Introduced 5/11– 5/13
HB 5863 Campaign finance; campaign practices; targeted electronic campaign communications; require a disclaimer revealing payer's identification and whether approved by candidate.

HB 5864 Law enforcement; fingerprinting; sunset on fees for fingerprinting and criminal record check; eliminate.

HB 5872 Occupations; lobbyists; individuals subject to the lobby registration act; expand to include at-will employees of the legislative and executive branches.

HB 5905
Torts; malpractice; retroactive effect of amended affidavit of meritorious defense in medical malpractice action; allow only with showing of good cause.

HB 5908 Insurance; health; timely payment and review process; provide for disclosure of certain information to be included when certain adverse claim determinations are made.

SB 1195
Civil procedure; defenses; strategic lawsuits against public participation; limit.

In the Hall of Justice
Integration Pioneer Ernest G. Green to Speak at Supreme Court Event Commemorating Brown v Board of Education
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(, 5/10/04)

Michigan Court of Appeals to Hold Hearings in Marquette, Petoskey
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(, 5/13/04)

Proposed Amendments
2004-16 - Proposed Amendment of Rules 3 and 4 of the Rules Concerning the State Bar of Michigan
The Court is considering a possible amendment of State Bar Rules 3 and 4 to create an emeritus membership class available to senior members of the State Bar who no longer practice law. (The emeritus membership class would be available for those members who are 70 years old or older or have been State Bar members for at least 30 years, as long as there are no pending disciplinary actions against the applicant in any state.) Under the proposal, members of the class would not be required to pay dues.
Issued: May 12, 2004
Comment period expires: May 27, 2004
Public Hearing: To be scheduled

At the Bar
Judicial Vacancies--Immediate Application Deadline
The Governor’s office is accepting applications to fill a vacancy on the Wayne County Probate Court. The application deadline is May 21, 2004. State Bar members interested in applying for the may contact Erik Wilford in the Governor's Appointments Office to receive a judicial questionnaire:
Office of the Governor
Appointments Division
Attn: Erik Wilford
George W. Romney Building
111 South Capitol Avenue
Lansing, Michigan 48909
(517) 335-7812

CERTIFIED passers of the February 2004 Michigan Bar Examination

State Bar Acts to Protect Seniors From the Unauthorized Practice of Law

Federal News
F.E.C. Declines to Curb Independent Fund-Raisers
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(New York Times, 5/14/04)

State News
State Accused of 'Looting' 911 Surcharge Fund
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(Lansing State Journal, 5/9/04)

House Schedules Session through July to Balance Budget
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(Traverse City Record-Eagle, 5/13/04)

Links of Interest
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