November 27 - December 3, 2006
Volume 4 Issue 48

In the Capitol
Committee meetings of interest for the week of 12/4
12/4 Joint Select Committee on Economic Growth
Agenda: Presentation of tax restructuring proposals by: The Michigan Chamber; The Detroit Chamber; The Grand Rapids Chamber; Dr. Gary Wolfram, Munson Professor of Political Economy and Professor of Economics, Hillsdale College; A Fair Tax representative

12/5 Senate Judiciary
Agenda: SB 1508 Revise enforcement of discipline for attempted escapes to include private prison; HB 6631 Revise definition of place of confinement for purposes of establishing prison break and increase penalty; HB 6632 Revise sentencing guidelines for crime of escaping from prison or other lawful place of confinement to reflect increased penalty; SB 1509 Prohibit larceny or resale of copper wire and provide penalties; SB 1510 Enact sentencing guidelines for theft or resale of copper wiring; HB 6182 Require notification to department of corrections when arrest warrant is issued against a parolee; HB 6181 Require use of LEIN by arresting officer to determine if person is on parole and provide notification to department of corrections; HB 6365 Abolish rule of perpetuities; HB 6366 Delete reference to rule against perpetuities in probate law; SB 1518 Limit uniform statutory rule against perpetuities to real property; HB 6364 Amend the governor's emergency powers act to prohibit confiscation of lawfully possessed firearms when a state of emergency is declared; HB 6363 Prohibit confiscation of lawfully possessed firearms when a state of emergency is declared under certain circumstances; HB 5657 Expand drug free zones to include libraries; HB 5658 Enact sentencing guidelines for crime of possessing or distributing a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a library; HB 4806 Allow enforcement of certain Michigan vehicle code violations on publicly accessible private roads; HB 6348 Provide disclosures to crime stoppers organizations for confidentiality; HB 6403 Provide for personal protection order to prohibit certain conduct on or near school property or students; HB 6404 Authorize state police to serve and arrest violators of a school zone personal protection order; HB 6405 Provide for jurisdiction over juvenile violations of school zone personal protection order; HB 6406 Allow arrest without warrant violation of school zone personal protection order; HB 5221 Increase allowable number of small claims filed per week by municipalities; PENDING REFERRAL: HB 5999 Prohibit furnishing cellular telephones or other wireless communication devices to prisoners; HB 6000 Create guidelines for crime of furnishing cell phones or similar devices to prisoners; HB 6271 Revise punishment for criminal contempt to include probation; HB 6394 Exempt local corrections officers and certain city jail or lockup employees from concealed weapons law under certain circumstances; HB 6553 Expand offense variable involving multiple victims to award points for financial "injury" to victims; HB 6416 Allow payment of forfeited funds to certain nonprofit crime prevention entities under certain circumstances.

12/6 House Family and Children Services
Agenda: HB 5267 Mandate joint custody in every custody dispute between parents except in certain circumstances.
SBM Position: Oppose in Principle
Family Law Section Position: Oppose
Domestic Violence Committee Position: Oppose

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 11/28 – 11/30
Of Interest to the Legal Community
HB 6695 Property; conveyances; transfer-on-death deeds; provide for.

HB 6698 Family law; child support; child support formula commission; establish. TIE BAR WITH: HB 6699'06

HB 6699 Family law; child support; development of child support formula by friend of the court bureau; eliminate. TIE BAR WITH: HB 6698'06

SB 1502 Children; protection; appeal process; provide for. Amends 1935 PA 220 (MCL 400.201 - 400.214) by adding sec. 5b.

SB 1511 Property; land sales; notice of settlement statute; create. Creates new act.

Of General Interest
HB 6676 Single business tax; other; Michigan business tax act; create. Creates new act. TIE BAR WITH: HB 6677'06, HB 6678'06, HB 6679'06, HB 6680'06

HB 6682 Children; protection; requirement to report death of a child to the children's ombudsman within 10 business days; implement.

HB 6683 Health; code; Michigan adverse health care events reporting act; create. TIE BAR WITH: HB 6684'06

HB 6691 Vehicles; registration; distribution of revenue from collection of certain title and registration fee; earmark into the transportation administration collection fund.

HB 6693 Property; other; uniform statutory rule against perpetuities; limit to real property.

SB 1513 Single business tax; other; Michigan business tax act; create. Creates new act. TIE BAR WITH: SB 1514'06, SB 1515'06, SB 1516'06, SB 1517'06

At the Bar
Nominations Open for McCree Awards for Journalists

Rombach Elected to SBM Board of Commissioners

New Lawyers' Seminar Scheduled for Dec. 5-6

SBM Recognizes Centennial American Inn of Court as Affinity Bar

Federal News
Pentagon Puts Guantanamo Court Project on Fast Track
(Washington Post, 12/4/06)

U.S. Citizenship Process is Getting a History Test
(Washington Post, 12/1/06)

O'Connor: Don't Call Us 'Activist Judges'
(CNN, 11/28/06)

State News
Michigan Lawmakers to Discuss Business Tax Plan
(Detroit News, 12/4/06)
See Also:
Business Tax Plan for State Drawing Support
(Lansing State Journal, 11/30/06)

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