October 18, 2004 - October 24, 2004
Volume 2 Issue 42

In the Capitol
The Michigan House of Representatives is adjourned until November 4, 2004.
The Michigan Senate is adjourned until November 3, 2004.

Complete Committee Meeting List
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Capitol Agenda
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(Detroit News, 10/16/04)

Legislation Recently Signed into Public Acts
PA 400 of 2004 - Lead Poisoning Commission, Effective 10/20/04
HB 5118 (Kolb) Health; blood; childhood lead poisoning prevention and control commission; create. Amends 1978 PA 368 (MCL 333.1101 - 333.25211) by adding sec. 5474a & repeals sec. 5474a of 1978 PA 368 (MCL 333.5474a).

PA 401 of 2004 - Dental Record Release, Effective 10/20/04
HB 5874 (Kooiman) Records; dental; written consent of patient requir
ed for disclosure of information related to the treatment; eliminate and require compliance with HIPAA. Amends sec. 16648 of 1978 PA 368 (MCL 333.16648).

In the Hall of Justice
Rule Amendments
2004-37 - Amendment of Rule 7.217 of the Michigan Court Rules
The amendment of MCR 7.217(D) prohibits the Court of Appeals clerk from accepting untimely motions for reinstatement of an appeal that is involuntarily dismissed for want of prosecution. The amendment makes the rule consistent with MCR 7.215(I)(4), which prohibits the acceptance of a later motion for reconsideration.
Issued: October 19, 2004
Effective: October 19, 2004
Public Hearing: To be scheduled

Other Actions
2004-01 - Appointment of Chief Judge of the 7th Circuit
On order of the Court, pursuant to MCR 8.110, the Honorable Archie L. Hayman is appointed chief judge of the 7th Circuit Court, effective October 21, 2004, for the unexpired portion of a term of two years which commenced January 1, 2004.
Issued: October 21, 2004

At The Bar
U.S. Senator Carl Levin to Receive State Bar Animal Law Section Award
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Annual "Race for Justice" Set for October 30
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Corporate Reception Raises $156,000 For ATJ
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New SBM President Leads Upper Peninsula Tour
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Foundation Presents Dennis Archer with First Founders Award
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Foundation Awards Grants to 7 Nonprofit Agencies
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Federal News
Terror Fears Don't Trump Constitution, Court Rules
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(CNN.com, 10/16/04)

Judge, Clarifying Decision, Says Spending Rules Stand
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(New York Times, 10/20/04)

State News
Votes May Not Count If Cast At Wrong Precincts
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(Lansing State Journal, 10/25/04)

Links of Interest
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