State Rep. Mike Harris and the Michigan House of Representatives on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bipartisan plan to provide greater privacy and support for crime victims in Michigan — continuing Harris’ efforts to stand up for victims.
Harris, who serves on the House Criminal Justice Committee, helped advance House Bills 4420-4423 through the House. The plan would make more victims eligible for additional protections and services by expanding the list of serious crimes. The legislation would also allow victims to use remote technology to deliver their impact statements during a convicted criminal’s sentencing process. Victims testifying in a court hearing could have their images blurred in any publicly available recording of the proceeding. Finally, the plan would help connect survivors of sexual and domestic violence to critical support services.
“When we bring criminals to justice, our state must protect victims at every stage of the process,” said Harris, R-Waterford. “With this plan, Michigan will guarantee victims more privacy, make it easier for them to participate in court, and extend protections to even more of those who have been wronged by criminals.”
HBs 4420-4423 now advance to the Senate for consideration.
“With emails, sales, banking transactions, and more all happening over the internet, it’s important to follow smart internet security practices,” said Harris, R-Waterford.
“Scheduling special elections on irregular dates will cost local governments in Metro Detroit, and the chaos of overlapping voting periods will heap burdens on local clerks, the area residents who work the polls, and voters,” Harris said.
“Dark days are ahead for Michiganders under these backwards new laws that will prematurely ditch reliable natural gas power plants and require vastly more wind and solar,” said Harris, R-Waterford.