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Constitutional Amendment Moves Forward

Oct 11, 2019

The Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee reported a Joint Resolution making reforms to search and seizures laws as they pertain to electronic data. Sponsored by Senator Jim Runestad (R-White Lake), it would define in the Michigan Constitution that electronic data and communications are property and, as such, are exempt from search and seizure without […]

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Committee Approves Changes to Law Enforcement Searches

Oct 04, 2019

The Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee reported legislation that makes changes to how law enforcement can conduct certain searches. The package of bills makes several reforms, including: Requires law enforcement to obtain a warrant to search the premises of a person who had objected to a search, even if another person who occupies the […]

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Governor Signs Legislation Cracking Down on Mail Theft

Sep 20, 2019

Legislation dealing with the increasing problem of porch theft was signed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer this week. Introduced by Senator Peter Lucido (R-Shelby Twp.), the new law creates state penalties for stealing mail or packages that are left in or near a mailbox. If convicted, a person would face a misdemeanor or one year in […]

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Legislation Expanding Expungement Laws Introduced

Sep 13, 2019

A bipartisan package was announced that would expand the state’s expungement laws, with the hopes of providing a fresh start to thousands of residents. Current law allows people with certain convictions to petition for the expungement of one felony or two misdemeanors after being free of contact from the court system for a minimum of […]

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Judge Appointments

Aug 16, 2019

Governor Whitmer just appointed two new judges to Michigan courts; Jason C. Bomia to the 10th District Court, and Sara Spencer-Noggle to the 21st Circuit Court. Bomia will be working at the District Court in Calhoun County after previously practicing at Schroder DeGraw, PLLC in Monroe. He specializes in civil litigation, bankruptcy, real estate, and […]

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Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on Controversial Adopt and Amend

Jun 28, 2019

The Michigan Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on July 17 regarding the legality of the legislature adopting a ballot initiative, only to amend it shortly thereafter. Specifically, this case deals with the ballot initiatives changing the state’s minimum wage and sick time leave laws, which were headed for the ballot in 2018. As allowable […]

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House and Senate File Lawsuit Challenging Attorney General Opinion

Jun 07, 2019

This week, the Michigan House and Senate filed two lawsuits against Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson for refusing to follow the 2018 petition initiative law that Attorney General Dana Nessel declared unconstitutional through an official opinion. The 2018 law, passed by the legislature and approved by former Governor Rick Snyder, required that not more than […]

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Bipartisan Group to Review Michigan’s Criminal Justice System

Apr 19, 2019

The state’s jail and court data will be reviewed under an Executive Order signed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday. E.O. 2019-10 forms the Michigan Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration, who will review the data to look for expanded alternatives to jail, safely reduce jail admissions and length of stay, and improve the […]

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