November 28, 2005 - December 4, 2005
Volume 3 Issue 47

In the Capitol
Committee meetings of interest for the week of 12/5
12/6 Senate Judiciary
Agenda: SB 519 Provide for exemption for nursing mothers from jury duty; HB 5145 Revise procedures for payment of certain costs, assessments, and restitution in criminal cases; HB 4508 Expand individuals immune from liability under the emergency management act to include pharmacists and pharmacist interns; SB 561 Revise "Good Samaritan" law provisions relating to national ski patrol system; HB 5054 Provide liability protection for licensed health professionals assisting public safety in search, rescue, and recovery resulting from natural or manmade disasters and emergencies;HB 5375 Provide immunity for retired physicians providing volunteer health care for medically indigent individuals.

12/7 Senate Appropriations: Judiciary & Corrections
Agenda: SR 83 A resolution to urge the Governor to seek agreements with local governments to house county jail inmates in the Baldwin Youth Correctional Facility.

12/7 House Judiciary
Agenda: HB 5270 Clarify peace officer intentionally pointing and discharging a firearm without malice in performing his or her duties exemption from prosecution; SB 686 Prohibit and provide penalties for crime of trespass upon a critical infrastructure; SB 685 Enact sentencing guidelines for crime of trespass upon a critical infrastructure; HB 5198 Modify provision regarding pensions in divorce.

Complete Committee Meeting List

Legislation Recently Signed into Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 11/29 – 12/1
Of Interest to the Legal Community
HB 5468 Criminal procedure; evidence; drug analysis field test; allow as admissible evidence in preliminary hearings. Amends 1927 PA 175 (MCL 760.1 - 777.69) by adding sec. 11b to ch. VI.

SB 902 Vehicles; equipment; use of information obtained from motor vehicle data event recorder; regulate. Amends 1949 PA 300 (MCL 257.1 - 257.923) by adding sec. 682c.

SB 903 Insurance; unfair trade practices; requiring installation of or data received from motor vehicle event data recorder to establish eligibility for or premiums for automobile insurance; prohibit. Amends 1956 PA 218 (MCL 500.100 - 500.8302) by adding sec. 2027a. TIE BAR WITH: SB 0902'05

SB 904 Criminal procedure; evidence; use of information obtained from motor vehicle data event recorder for purposes of establishing criminal liability; prohibit under certain circumstances. Amends 1927 PA 175 (MCL 760.1 - 777.69) by adding sec. 5b to ch. VII. TIE BAR WITH: SB 0902'05

SB 905 Civil procedure; evidence; use of information obtained from motor vehicle event data recorder in civil action; prohibit. Amends 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.101 - 600.9947) by adding sec. 2170. TIE BAR WITH: SB 0902'05

SB 907 Courts; judges; number of judgeships in various circuits and districts; revise. Amends secs. 507, 508, 517, 518, 549a, 549g, 803, 8134 & 8135 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.507 et seq.).

SB 908 Occupations; notaries public; requirement for notary public to indicate county within where he or she is acting; eliminate. Amends secs. 27 & 29 of 2003 PA 238 (MCL 55.287 & 55.289).

SB 921 State agencies (existing); generally; postmark date; allow as indication of timely submission for request. Creates new act.

Of General Interest
HB 5450 Crimes; kidnapping; crime of kidnapping; clarify elements. Amends sec. 349 of 1931 PA 328 (MCL 750.349).

HB 5451 Crimes; other; unlawful imprisonment; prohibit and prescribe penalties. Amends 1931 PA 328 (MCL 750.1 - 750.568) by adding sec. 349b.

HB 5477 Housing; landlord and tenants; termination of a housing contract for individuals called into active military duty; allow for under certain circumstances. Amends 1972 PA 348 (MCL 554.601 - 554.616) by adding sec. 1b.

SB 920 State agencies (existing); generally; toll-free number; establish for state departments and agencies. Amends sec. 224 of 1984 PA 431 (MCL 18.1224).

In the Hall of Justice
Rule Amendments
2003-04-Amendment of Rules 2.511 of the Michigan Court Rules
The amendment of MCR 2.511(F) is new language that states that discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex during the selection of a jury is prohibited in cases where the purpose would be to achieve balanced representation. Former subrules (F) and (G) are relettered as (G) and (H).
Issued: November 23, 2005
Effective: January 1, 2006

Administrative Orders
Administrative Order No. 2005-3 - File No. 2004-04
Adoption of Concurrent Jurisdiction Plan for the 45th Circuit Court and the 3B District Court of St. Joseph County
Issued: November 30, 2005
Effective: March 1, 2006

At The Bar
Judicial Vacancy - 57th District Court
Hon. Gary Stewart is vacating his seat on the 57 th District Court in Allegan County. Applications are due December 21, 2005.

State Bar YLS Seeks Volunteers for Holiday Dinners

Federal News
Connecticut Adopts Strict Campaign Laws (Washington Times, 12/2/05)

State News
Affirmative Action Issue Goes Back to Board
(Detroit News, 12/4/05)

Michigan Supreme Court Bans Affirmative Action for Juries
(Detroit News, 12/3/05)

Welfare Reform Bills Win Approval
(Lansing State Journal, 12/1/05)

Legislator from Monroe Dies from Cancerous Tumor
(Lansing State Journal, 11/30/05)

Panel Hears Input on Capitol Display of Commandments
(Lansing State Journal, 11/30/05)

GOP Leaders Try Again for Cuts on Taxes
(Detroit Free Press, 11/30/05)

Links of Interest
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