Category Archives: Michigan Legislation

Happy New Laws, Michigan!

  It’s a new year, Michigan! Happy 2018. A whole 365 days of possibility and potential just waiting to be claimed! Another chance to live life to the fullest, and seize the day. And,… let’s not forget, a time when several new laws go into effect. So from us to you – happy new laws, […]

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New Michigan Law: Pointing Lasers at Trains and Planes is Illegal!

  In early May of this year, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill into law that addressed the issue of lasers, planes and trains. Nope, you’re thinking of that goofy 80’s movie Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. This is something completely different. (And far more serious!)   It all began in February of this year. […]

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Smoking Age in Michigan To Change To 18 From 21?

  One of the greatest anomalies that people from European countries have pointed out about the disparity in American law has to do with the age at which people are allowed to partake in certain activities. For example, only in the U.S. can you drive a car on an interstate highway at 16, go to […]

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New Michigan Law Creates Police-Operated Special Needs Database

  A new law, signed recently by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, addresses the need for law enforcement to quickly and accurately identify people with special needs. The idea that drove these bills is that in the event of a missing persons case, where the missing individual has special needs, police can identify them quickly and […]

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A New Bill Aims To Increase Juror Pay In Michigan

  You know the feeling…. You open that envelope and with a sinking feeling, you realize that you’ve been called for jury duty. While it may be inconvenient, and frustrating (and in some cases, downright disturbing) the truth of the matter is that jury duty is an important part of the American judicial system. It’s […]

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New Senate Bill To outlaw Female Genital Mutilation in Michigan

  A new bill introduced recently in the Michigan Senate aims to outlaw FGM or female genital mutilation. Although this may seem like a strange subject to outlaw in Michigan, where it is hardly a regular occurrence, the recent FGM-related arrests in the Detroit area have stirred up the subject. As a result, numerous legislators […]

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New Foreign Laws Legislation Labelled As “Anti-Muslim”

  In the wake of recent arrests related to alleged female genital mutilation performed by Michigan doctors, there has been national outcry against illegal and unsafe “foreign” practices. Because the two doctors accused of performing the illegal procedures freshman Rep. Michele Hoitenga has introduced a new bill that she believes will send a strong message […]

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Michigan to Compensate The Wrongfully Convicted

  When talking about Michigan criminal justice reform, which we do from time to time on this blog, one of the subjects that comes up regularly is compensation of the wrongfully convicted. If you haven’t run into the subject before, it refers to the government providing financial compensation for people who have been wrongfully convicted […]

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Michigan Governor Signs New Criminal Justice Reform Bills

  Reducing recidivism among the former prison inmates in Michigan has long been a goal of lawmakers and politicians in our state. However, wanting something and actually being able to achieve it are often very different things. So when our Governor said that he planned to reform the criminal justice system in Michigan, replacing outdated […]

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Courser / Gamrat Scandal Inspires New House Bill

  The Courser / Gamrat Scandal sex here in Michigan is probably going to take a long time to go away. People tend to enjoy a good gossip (if one can call gossip “good”!) and a scandalous subject often gets dredged up again and again until it’s luster has finally worn off. However in this […]

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