August 28 - September 4, 2006
Volume 4 Issue 35

In the Capitol
Committee meetings of interest for the week of 9/4
9/5 Senate Judiciary
Agenda: Presentation by MDOC Director Patricia Caruso relative to health care services provided to prisoners; HB 4086 Allow all county clerks and their designees to conduct solemnization of marriage; HB 4431 Expand definition of first degree murder to include murder committed in the perpetration or attempted perpetration of aggravated stalking, the violation of a personal protection order, and the violation of a condition of release on bond or on parole; HB 4861 Allow use of pepper spray or foam devices by certain law enforcement personnel; HB 5719 Provide for prohibition on sale or possession of firefighter or emergency medical service providers uniforms, patches, and badges; SB 454 Provide for increased penalties for embezzlement from a charitable organization; SB 455 Enact sentencing guidelines for crime of embezzling from a charitable organization; HB 5193 Require department of corrections to provide before prisoner is released the address where prisoners who are sex offenders will reside; HB 5194 Require prisoners who are sex offenders to provide address to department of corrections before being released; HB 6135 Provide crime of sex offender failing to provide notice of proposed residence upon release from incarceration in sentencing guidelines.

9/6 House Oversight, Elections, and Ethics
Agenda: HB 6128 Revise miscellaneous contribution and expenditure provision of the campaign finance act; HB 6129 Increase late filing fees for campaign finance statements and reports; HB 6130 Require independent expenditures by PACs within 45 days before election to be reported within 48 hours; HB 6131 Require 48-hour disclosure for independent expenditures for campaign finance; HB 6132 Prohibit payment of wages or salary to a candidate from campaign fund; HB 6133 Require telephone or electronic campaigning message to include payers identification and whether approved by candidate, and revise identifying statement for radio or television campaign ads; HB 6134 Revise information required in committee organizational statements and campaign finance statements and filing schedule for campaign finance statements; HB 6288 Provide that the statement of purpose prepared by the director of elections is approved unless disapproved by the board of state canvassers; HB 6289 Provide that the statement of purpose prepared by the director of elections is approved unless disapproved by the board of state canvassers

9/6 House Judiciary
Agenda: SB 712 Revise allowance of gambling on certain card games at senior citizen housing facility to include senior center that is not a housing facility (to refer to the Committee on Senior Health, Security and Retirement); HB 6307 Expand list of individuals who can be charged with criminal sexual conduct to include coaches; HB 5435 Allow possession and operation of electrical devices designed to temporarily incapacitate persons for certain civilian detention officers; HB 4863 Prohibit moving, driving around, or otherwise disregarding a temporary traffic barricade and provide a remedy.

9/7 House Fiscal Agency Governing Board
Agenda: House Fiscal Agency budget presentation by Director Bean for fiscal year 2007

Complete Committee Meeting List

Legislation Recently Signed into Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 8/30
Of General Interest
HB 6366 (Schuitmaker) Probate; trusts; reference to rule against perpetuities in probate law; delete. TIE BAR WITH: HB 6365'06.

At the Bar
SBM Program on "Fixing Michigan's Broken Public Defense System" to Feature Renowned Attorney Barry Scheck; Janet Reno to Deliver Videotaped Address

SBM President Urges Lawyers and Public to Celebrate Constitution Day on September 17

State News
Anti-Affirmative-Action Proposal Staying on Ballot
(Lansing State Journal, 8/30/06)

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