December 11 - December 17, 2006
Volume 4 Issue 50

Due to the holiday season, the Public Policy Update will not be published again until 1/8/07.

In the Capitol
The State Legislature effectively finished the 2005-06 term in the early morning of Friday, December 15. On December 29, both chambers will adjourn sine die.

Committee meetings of interest for the week of 12/18
12/18 Michigan Law Revision Commission

New Public Acts

In the Hall of Justice
Don't be Fooled by Bogus Phone Calls, State Court Administrative Office Warns; Scammers Pose as Court Officials, Seek Information

Rape-Murder of University Provost in 1986 is Basis for Civil Suit Before Michigan Supreme Court in Oral Arguments This Week

Administrative Orders
Administrative Order No. 2004-48 - File No. 1990-7
Rescission of Administrative Order No. 1990-7 (Videotape Record of Court Proceedings)
Issued: December 12, 2006
Effective: December 12, 2006

Proposed Amendments
2006-40 - Proposed Amendment of Rule 2.222 of the Michigan Court Rules
The proposed amendment of MCR 2.222(D)(1) would require the party who moved for change of venue to prove that the statutory filing fee was paid to the court in which the action is transferred before the order changing venue is entered.
Issued: December 12, 2006
Comment period expires: April 1, 2007
Public Hearing: To be scheduled



At the Bar
Sections and Committees
The Real Property Law Section reported the motion and filing of its amicus brief regarding a Bankruptcy Court Certified Question. View Report

Federal News
FEC Fines 3 '527' Groups for Use of Large Donations in '04
(Washington Post, 12/14/06)

State News
Lawmakers Take Pass on Replacing Business Tax
(Lansing State Journal, 12/16/06)

Cox Vows to Fight for Prop 2 in Court
(Lansing State Journal, 12/15/06)

Granholm, GOP Agree to Time Limit on Welfare
(Lansing State Journal, 12/15/06)

Bill Shielding Police Statements Heads to Granholm
(, 12/14/06

Pair Bring Experience to State Jobs
(Lansing State Journal, 12/14/06)

State Constitution May Get a Face-Lift
(Detroit News, 12/12/06)
See Also:
Leading State Officials, Experts Recommend 63 Changes to MI Constitution
(, 12/11/06)



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