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September 2013 Archives

State legislators discuss and revise faith-based adoption bill

The state of Michigan is currently considering different bills that if passed would impact adoption within the state. The three pieces of legislation would enable a faith-based adoption agency to chose an adoptive family based on religious preferences.

Michigan child support sweeps are a success

Sometimes, parents just refuse to pay child support. In extreme cases, Michigan family court officials have no choice but to issue arrest warrants against these non-paying parents. This is what one Michigan county attempted over the summer as part of a child support enforcement program.

Corporate Filing Fee Scam

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) warns Michigan corporations of a non-governmental entity called "Corporate Records Service" trying to collect a $125 fee to prepare corporate records. The misleading compliance solicitation implies that Michigan requires corporations and limited liability companies to complete an annual corporate records form and is designed to look like an official document, but it is not. If you have ANY questions about the legal filing requirements for your business, contact a licensed corporate attorney.

District Court Judge Declares Marijuana Law Unconstitutional

Judge Hartig of the 52-4 district court in Troy Michigan, declared unconstitutional Michigan's operating with the presence of a controlled substance statute, MCL 257.625(8). She found that the statute impermissably treats two classes of drivers differently: those who use marijuana legally by possessing a medical marijuana card and those who use marijuana illegally (i.e. no card). The defendant in People v Sulaka, was pulled over for speeding and allegedly arrested for not having his driver's license. The officer smelled the odor of marijuana and sent defendant for a blood draw. The draw showed that defendant had 5 Nano grams of THC per 100 mL in his blood. Defendant moved to have the charge dismissed, claiming that the statute was unconstitutional. Judge Hartig agreed with the defendant, dismissing the charges based on defendant's equal protection argument.  This decision came on the heels of People v Koon, wherein our supreme court held that card-carrying medical marijuana users are permitted to drive with the presence of marijuana in their system, so long as they are not otherwise impaired. It will be interesting to see if Judge Hartig's decision will be followed by other judges.

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