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Bill Lets Lawyers Opt Out Of Michigan State Bar

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - New legislation would make lawyers' membership in the State Bar of Michigan voluntary.

Attorneys licensed to practice law must be members of the bar and pay annual dues. But Republican Sen. Arlan Meekhof of West Olive says the bar association has become more "political" and not all lawyers agree with its actions.

Meekhof says the intent of the bill proposed Thursday isn't to let attorneys' off the hook from fees for the attorney discipline system and other bar functions. The "right-to-work" concept for lawyers was first proposed by conservatives at a Republican policy conference in September.

The state bar had urged required disclosure of those financing judicial campaign ads. A message seeking comment on the legislation was left with the state bar Thursday.

Senate Bill 743: http://1.usa.gov/19R4ocO

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