July 17 - 23, 2006
Volume 4 Issue 29

In the Capitol
Committee meetings of interest for the week of 7/24
7/25 Economic Growth Joint Select Committee
Agenda: A presentation by Mitch Bean, Director of the House Fiscal Agency and Jay Wortley, Senior Economist for the Senate Fiscal Agency.

Complete Committee Meeting List

Legislation Recently Signed into Public Acts

In the Hall of Justice
Rule Amendments
2004-26 - Amendment of Rule 8.110 of the Michigan Court Rules
The amendment of MCR 8.110(B)(1) changed the requirement that recommendations for chief judge be submitted no later than October 1 of each odd-numbered year to September 1.
Issued: July 20, 2006
Effective: September 1, 2006

Proposed Amendments
2006-26 - Proposed Amendment of Rule 3.921 of the Michigan Court Rules
This amendment would add a requirement mandated by 42 USC 638(b) that foster parents, preadoptive parents, and relative caregivers receive notice of hearings in child protective proceedings.
Issued: July 20, 2006
Comment period expires: November 1, 2006
Public Hearing: To be scheduled

At the Bar
The State Bar of Michigan’s Public Policy, Image, and Identity Committee and Board of Commissioners will meet on July 29, 2006. For a copy of either agenda, please contact elyon@mail.michbar.org.

FOCUS: Comment submitted by SBM member Larry Mulligan on July 19 regarding HB 4467
Comment: “This proposed legislation recognizes that children who are abused, especially sexually, are known to suppress the abuse, often because they are intimidated by the perpetrator, sometimes until many years after they reach the age of majority, and that a "normal" statute of limitations, even when extended by recognition of the child's disability while a minor, only serves to protect the perpetrator…”
HB 4467: Civil procedure; statute of limitations; civil action for damages resulting from criminal sexual conduct against a minor; extend tolling of statute of limitations. Amends sec. 5851 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.5851).
SBM Position: Oppose in Principle
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Federal News
Voting Rights Act Extension Passes In Senate, 98 to 0
(Washington Post, 7/21/06)

State News
Self-Defense Shooters Protected
(Detroit Free Press, 7/21/06)

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