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Committee Reports First Responder Protection Bills

Oct 06, 2017

This week, the House Law and Justice Committee reported a three-bill package aimed at providing protection for first responders.  The bills call for a ban on intimidation or targeting of police and correctional officers, expands protections to fire and emergency medical service officials, and classifies the offense as a felony punishable by up to two years in prison.  During the hearing, committee chair Representative Klint Kesto (R-Commerce Twp.) stated the package will show first responders that the State of Michigan supports them.  Additionally, Representative Kesto pointed to statistics showing an increased number of attacks on first responders as a one of the needs for this legislation.  The legislation has been sent to the House floor for further consideration.

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