June 26 - July 2, 2006
Volume 4 Issue 26

In the Capitol
The Michigan Senate and House of Representatives are adjourned on until July 12.
View 2006 Senate Schedule
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Complete Committee Meeting List

Legislation Recently Signed into Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 6/27– 6/29
Of Interest to the Legal Community
HB 6271 Courts; contempt; punishment for criminal contempt; revise to include probation. Amends sec. 1715 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.1715).

HB 6275 Corrections; parole; special requirements for parolees who were convicted of violent felonies or who are substance abusers; impose.

HB 6279 Courts; other; business court; create.

HB 6304 Consumer protection; unfair trade practices; limitation on award of attorney fee in action under Michigan consumer protection act; eliminate.

SB 1336 Corrections; prisoners; issuance of identification and other cards upon release; require, and require prisoners to obtain certain records and provide certain information. TIE BAR WITH: SB 1337'06, SB 1338'06

SB 1337 State; identification cards; forms of identification necessary to apply for state identification card; include corrections identification card and allow access to certain department of corrections data. TIE BAR WITH: SB 1336'06, SB 1338'06

SB 1338 State; identification cards; forms of identification necessary to apply for driver license; include corrections identification card and allow access to certain department of corrections data. TIE BAR WITH: SB 1336'06, SB 1337'06

SB 1339 Criminal procedure; sex offender registration; individuals found guilty of certain crimes while imprisoned; require to report under the sex offender registration act. TIE BAR WITH: SB 1340'06

SB 1340 Corrections; prisoners; report and placement on the L.E.I.N. of an official record of hearing where prisoner is found guilty of misconduct involving certain criminal behavior while imprisoned; require to be reported. TIE BAR WITH: SB 1339'06

SB 1348 Courts; state court administration; authority for magistrates to oversee arraignments; allow.

Of General Interest
HB 6280 Probate; other; dower rights; repeal.

HB 6288 Elections; election officials; statement of purpose prepared by the director of elections; provide that the statement is approved unless disapproved by the board of state canvassers.

HB 6289 Elections; election officials; statement of purpose prepared by the director of elections; provide that statement is approved unless disapproved by the board of state canvassers.

HB 6290 Labor; employment incentives; fraudulent transfers involving employee retention agreements; clarify.

HB 6299 Financial institutions; banks; trust powers; revise.

SB 1342 Probate; wills and estates; references to dower in estates and protected individuals code; revise to reflect abolition of dower. TIE BAR WITH: SB 1343'06

SB 1343 Probate; other; dower rights; abolish. TIE BAR WITH: SB 1342'06, SB 1344'06

SB 1344 Family law; marriage and divorce; requirement that judgment of divorce contain provisions regarding wife's dower rights; eliminate. TIE BAR WITH: SB 1343'06

SB 1350 Elections; election officials; recommendation of the director of elections concerning sufficiency or insufficiency of a ballot question petition; provide that the recommendation is approved unless disapproved by the board of state canvassers.

SB 1351 Elections; election officials; recommendation of the director of elections concerning sufficiency or insufficiency of a nominating petition; provide that the recommendation is approved unless disapproved by the board of state canvassers.

SB 1352 Elections; election officials; recommendation of the director of elections concerning sufficiency or insufficiency of a qualifying petition; provide that the recommendation is approved unless disapproved by the board of state canvassers.

In the Hall of Justice

Appointments to State Bar of Michigan Board of Commissioners Announced by Michigan Supreme Court

Veteran Employees Honored by Michigan Court of Appeals

Rule Amendments
2005-23 - Adoption of Rule 3.920(B)(4)(b) of the Local Court Rules of the Third Judicial Circuit Court (Wayne County)
LCR 3.920(B)(4)(b) allows simultaneous service of process by personal service, registered mail, and publication. If a court finds personal service is impracticable or cannot be achieved, service by one of the other methods may be relied on.
Issued: June 27, 2006
Effective: September 1, 2006

2003-04 - Amendment of Rules 6.502, 6.503, 6.504, 6.506, and 6.509 of the Michigan
Court Rules

On March 12, 2002, the Court appointed the Committee on the Rules of Criminal Procedure to review the rules to determine whether any of the provisions should be revised. The committee issued its report on June 16, 2003, recommending numerous amendments of existing rules, plus some new rules. A public hearing on the committee’s recommendations was held May 27, 2004.
Issued: June 26, 2006
Effective:September 1, 2006

At the Bar
Judicial Vacancy – 60th District Court
Hon. Fredric A. Grimm, Jr. is vacating his seat on the 60th District Court. State Bar members interested in applying for the judgeship should submit an application by July 12, 2006.
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SBM Young Lawyers Section Hosts Career Forum

2006 Annual Meeting Program and Registration

Sections and Committees
The Probate and Estate Planning Section submitted the following public policy reports:

Oppose: HB 6153 Businesses; charitable organizations; determining charitable intent of donors to charitable trusts; revise. Amends sec. 4 of 1961 PA 101 (MCL 14.254).

Oppose: SB 1272 Probate; guardians and conservators; criminal background checks; require for guardians and conservators of vulnerable adults or children. Amends 1998 PA 386 (MCL 700.1101 - 700.8102) by adding sec. 5106a.

Federal News
High Court Rejects Detainee Tribunals
(Washington Post, 6/30/06)

Justices Affirm GOP Map for Texas
(Washington Post, 6/29/06)

Court Rejects Spending Limits for Candidates
(Washington Times, 6/27/06)

Law School Accreditation: Statement of ABA President Michael S. Greco on Order in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
(American Bar Association, 6/26/06)

State News
Granholm Appoints Elections Board Member
(Muskegon Chronicle, 6/30/06)

Legislature Pulls Back Bill Limiting OT Eligibility
(Lansing State Journal, 6/30/06)

Spending Limit Supporters Plan to Turn in Petitions
(Lansing State Journal, 6/30/06)

Lawmakers Pass Bill Allowing Deadly Force
(Detroit News, 6/30/06)

Links of Interest
Public Policy Resource Center | Michigan Supreme Court | Michigan Legislature | MCL Search Engines