October 31, 2005 - November 6, 2005
Volume 3 Issue 43

In the Capitol
Committee meetings of interest for the week of 11/7
11/8 Senate Judiciary
Agenda: Presentation by the Auditor General on their October 2005 audit of the Accuracy of Prisoner Release Dates; Response by the Department of Corrections to the Auditor General's report; HB 4777 Clarify wrongful death statute's application to unborn child; HB 4186 Establish renewal date of concealed pistol permit as same day as expiration of permit when renewed prior to expiration date; HB 4258 Allow use of fingerprint as a legal signature for a person who is unable to sign; HB 4577 Provide for enforcement of medicaid whistleblower protection; HB 4597 Provide for penalties for indecent exposure while engaging in a lewd and lascivious act; HB 4599 Include indecent exposure while engaging in a lewd and lascivious act in sentencing guidelines; HB 4598 Include crime of indecent exposure while engaging in a lewd and lascivious act under sex offender registration requirements.

11/9 House Judiciary
Agenda: HB 5374 Revise number of judgeships in various circuits and districts; SB 444 Expand prohibition on sale or possession of police badges to include logos, service marks, patches, and uniforms of law enforcement agencies, and revise penalties; HB 4721 Require notification by e-mail to certain individuals when a registered sex offender relocates into a zip code; HB 5375 Provide immunity for retired physicians providing volunteer health care for medically indigent individuals; HB 5397 Clarify prerequisite for second or subsequent violation for student safety zone violations.

Complete Committee Meeting List


Capitol Agenda


Legislation Recently Signed into Public Acts


Legislation Introduced 11/1– 11/3
Of Interest to the Legal Community
HB 5383 Natural resources; wetlands; location of proposed activity; set forth criteria for determining whether an alternative exists. Amends sec. 30311 of 1994 PA 451 (MCL 324.30311).


HB 5384 Environmental protection; air pollution; health-based screening; eliminate for hazardous air pollutants from a source category subject to federal maximum achievable control technology limitations. Amends sec. 5508 of 1994 PA 451 (MCL 324.5508).


HB 5385 Environmental protection; air pollution; procedure for issuance of air quality permits; revise. Amends secs. 5505, 5506 & 5522 of 1994 PA 451 (MCL 324.5505 et seq.) & adds sec. 5506a.


HB 5391 Torts; liability; liability of fire department donating fire equipment to other fire departments; limit. Amends 1964 PA 170 (MCL 691.1401 - 691.1419) by adding sec. 7c.


HB 5399 Children; adoption; second parent adoption; provide for. Amends sec. 24 of 1939 PA 288 (MCL 710.24).


SB 863 Single business tax; credit; employers who offer to employees wellness plan; provide for. Amends 1975 PA 228 (MCL 208.1 - 208.145) by adding sec. 35e. TIE BAR WITH: SB 0848'05SB 0849'05


SB 864 Single business tax; credit; certain professional employer organizations; disallow credit. Amends sec. 4 of 1975 PA 228 (MCL 208.4).


Of General Interest
HB 5392 Disabilities; accessible electronic information service; establish and provide funding source. Creates new act.

In the Hall of Justice
Third ‘Michigan Adoption Day' to be held Nov. 22 -State celebrates adoptive families, observes adoption month

No-Fault, Sentencing Issues Lead Supreme Court's November Oral Arguments Schedule; Newspaper's FOIA Challenge Also on Docket

At The Bar
"Comedy for a Cause" Set for Nov. 18

Sections and Committees
The American Bar Association’s Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar approved the recommendation of the Standards Review Committee that a new Interpretation 302-10 be distributed for notice and comment. The proposed interpretation is available online. In response to this request, the Pro Bono Initiative and the Committee of Justice Initiatives recommends submitting comments supporting the decision to broadly interpret language requiring law school clinic programs to include services that are not law related, but have a pro bono component, but also request that the ABA preference of law related activities addressed more strongly.

State News
Michigan Senate Gets Bills Against Torture
(Detroit News, 11/06/05)

Economic Recovery Plan Targets Businesses
(Lansing State Journal, 11/05/05)

Deal Sends Lawmakers in Search of Middle Ground (Lansing State Journal, 11/05/05)

Businesses to Get Tax Breaks Under Agreement by Governor, GOP
(Detroit News, 11/05/05)

State Lawmakers Split Over Frivolous Lawsuit Proposal
(Lansing State Journal, 10/31/05)

Links of Interest
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