July 30 - August 5, 2007
Volume 5 Issue 31

In the Capitol
The House of Representatives announced a revised session schedule reflecting an additional session day this week on Thursday, August 9.
View House of Representative Session Schedule

Committee meetings of interest for the week of 8/6
8/8 House Appropriations
Agenda item of interest: HB 4355 Judiciary budget for fiscal year 2007-2008.

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 8/1
Of Interest to the Legal Community
HB 5081 Crimes; fleeing and eluding; penalties for crime of fleeing and eluding a law enforcement officer; provide mandatory minimum sentence.

Of General Interest
SB 668 Family law; parental rights; termination of parental rights and parenting time; clarify. Amends sec. 19b, ch. XIIA of 1939 PA 288 (MCL 712A.19b).

SB 669 Children; foster care; permanency plan and permanent placement of a child; clarify. Amends sec. 19a, ch. XIIA of 1939 PA 288 (MCL 712A.19a). TIE BAR WITH: SB 0671'07

SB 670 Children; protection; notice regarding termination of parental rights; revise. Amends sec. 13b, ch. XIIA of 1939 PA 288 (MCL 712A.13b).

SB 671 Children; foster care; alternate permanency plan to be made concurrently with reasonable efforts to reunify child and family; allow. Amends sec. 19, ch. XIIIA of 1939 PA 288 (MCL 712A.19).

At The Bar
SBM Young Lawyers Section to Host Aug. 16 Seminar on Effective Legal Negotiation

Federal News
Voting Officials Face New Rules to Bar Conflicts
(New York Times, 8/1/07)

State News
Cuts in State Courts Recommended
(Detroit News, 8/2/07)

Bill Calls for Parties to Share a Primary
(Detroit Free Press, 7/31/07)

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