December 6, 2004 - December 12, 2004
Volume 2 Issue 49

In the Capitol
The 92nd Legislative Session concluded on Thursday, December 9, 2004. The Michigan Senate and House of Representatives will meet at 11:30 am on Wednesday, December 29, 2004 for its Sine Die adjournment. At that time, all bills not acted upon by the Legislature will expire.

Capitol Agenda
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(Detroit News, 12/11/04)


Legislation Recently Signed into Public Acts
PA 421 of 2004 – Ingham County Conveyance, Effective 12/9/04
HB 5529 (Murphy) Property; conveyances; certain state owned property in Ingham county; provide for conveyance. Creates land transfer act.

In the Hall of Justice
Administrative Orders
Administrative Order No. 2004-7 - File No. 2004-04
Adoption of Concurrent Jurisdiction Plans for the Third Circuit of Wayne County, the 19th District Court, the 29th District Court, and the 35th District Court.
Issued: December 8, 2004
Effective: May 1, 2005

Proposed Amendments

2004-52 - Proposed Amendment of Rule 6.120 of the Michigan Court Rules
The December 7, 2004 amendments of the rule reflect the recommendations of the Committee on the Rules of Criminal Procedure as requested by the Court in People v Nutt, Mich 565 (2004). (Rule 6.120 is Joinder and Severance; Single Defendant.)
Issued: December 7, 2004
Comment period expires: April 1, 2005
Public Hearing: To be scheduled

Other Actions

2004-01 - Appointment of Chief Judge of the 92nd District Court
On order of the Court, pursuant to MCR 8.110, the Honorable Beth A. Gibson is appointed chief judge of the 92nd District Court, effective January 1, 2005, for the unexpired portion of a term of two years, which commenced January 1, 2004.
Issued: December 8, 2004

2004-01 - Appointment of the Chief Judge of the 38th Circuit Court

On order of the Court, pursuant to MCR 8.110, the Honorable Michael W. LaBeau is appointed chief judge of the 38th Circuit Court, effective January 1, 2005, for the unexpired portion of a term of two years, which commenced January 1, 2004.
Issued: December 8, 2004

2004-01 - Supreme Court Appointments to the Committee on Model Civil Jury Instructions
On order of the Court, pursuant to Administrative Order 2001-6, the following persons are appointed to the Committee on Model Civil Jury Instructions for terms beginning January 1, 2005, and ending December 31, 2007:
Honorable Alfred M. Butzbaugh
Elizabeth Phelps Hardy
The following persons are reappointed to terms beginning January 1, 2005, and ending December 31, 2007:
Honorable William J. Giovan
Mark R. Granzotto
Maurice G. Jenkins
Steven W. Martineau
Mary Massaron-Ross
Issued: December 7, 2004

At the Bar
Foundation Grant Applications Due 1/7/05
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Judicial Vacancy 41-B District Court
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Sections and Committees
The Business Law Section submitted a public policy report stating its support for HB 5746.

The Civil Procedure and Courts Committee submitted a public policy report stating its opposition to Administrative File No. 2004-37 - Amendment of Rule 7.217 of the Michigan Court Rules. The Committee recommends State Bar action.

For a copy of this report, please email elyon@mail.michbar.org.

Federal News
Changes Proposed To Ensure Juror Privacy
(Traverse City Record-Eagle, 12/9/04)

State News
Legislative roundup: State House Votes To Move $99.5M To School Aid Fund
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(Lansing State Journal, 12/9/04)

Senate Boosts Oversight Of FIA
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(Lansing State Journal, 12/9/04)

Cuts, Taxes Dominate Capitol In 2004
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(Lansing State Journal, 12/11/04)


Higher Ed Report Sets Lofty Goals
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(Lansing State Journal, 12/11/04)

500 State Laws Pass Despite Budget Woes
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(Lansing State Journal, 12/12/04)

Key Legislation In The State
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(Lansing State Journal, 12/12/04)

Outgoing Legislators Say Their Goodbyes
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(Detroit News, 12/12/04)

Absentee Voting Bill Is Put On Hold
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(Detroit News, 12/12/04)





 


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