Gov. Rick Snyder signs bills expanding protections for survivors of human trafficking
Our readers will find a short description of each of the three (3) House Bills addressed in this post.
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LANSING, MI – Survivors of human trafficking will have heightened protections under legislation signed Wednesday by Gov. Rick Snyder.
“These bills help strengthen and increase protections for survivors of human trafficking,” Snyder said. “By holding criminals accountable for their actions, we move one step closer toward stopping this dangerous threat.”
House Bills 5542-5544, sponsored by state Reps. Laura Cox, Gary Howell and Nancy Jenkins, respectively, provide assistance to survivors of human trafficking by giving them resources to help support their recovery. The bills also increase penalties for those who commit crimes by coercing victims to engage in commercial sexual activity. The measures are now Public Acts 336-338 of 2016.
Snyder also signed two additional bills:
House Bill 4874, sponsored by state Rep. Tom Leonard, names a portion of Business Route 127 in Clinton County as the “PFC Andrew H. Nelson Memorial Highway”. The stretch begins at the intersection of Business Route 127 and West Walker Road and continues south to East Townsend Road. PFC Andrew Nelson was killed in action on December 25, 2006 in Baghdad, Iraq after an explosive device detonated near his vehicle. It is now Public Act 339 of 2016.
Senate Bill 800, sponsored by state Sen. Dave Hildenbrand, contains Fiscal Year 2016 and 2017 supplemental appropriations for multiple state departments and agencies. It is now Public Act 340 of 2016.
For more information on this and other legislation, visit www.legislature.mi.gov.
HB 5542 of 2016
(PA 336 of 2016) House Bill Criminal procedure; expunction; setting aside certain convictions for victims of human trafficking violations; provide for. Amends sec. 1 of 1965 PA 213 (MCL 780.621).
Last Action: 12/14/2016 – assigned PA 336’16 with immediate effect
HB 5543 of 2016
(PA 337 of 2016) House Bill Juveniles; crimes; set-aside juvenile adjudication for certain prostitution-related offenses; provide for. Amends sec. 18e, ch. XIIA of 1939 PA 288 (MCL 712A.18e).
Last Action: 12/14/2016 – assigned PA 337’16 with immediate effect
HB 5544 of 2016
(PA 338 of 2016) House Bill Crimes; penalties; penalties for bodily injury to or commercial sexual activity involving a minor; provide for. Amends secs. 451 & 462f of 1931 PA 328 (MCL 750.451 & 750.462f).
Last Action: 12/14/2016 – assigned PA 338’16 with immediate effect