Senate committee approves Hansen’s bill enabling police agencies to recoup costs

LANSING—The state Senate Committee on Judiciary on Tuesday approved a measure that would help law enforcement agencies recover more money to aid in the prosecution of certain crimes.

Senate Bill 729, sponsored by Sen. Goeff Hansen, would expand the list of criminal offenses for which cost recovery may be ordered by the court.

“Our police agencies must be given the tools necessary to fight crime effectively,” said Hansen, R-Hart. “This measure will allow police agencies to recoup some onerous costs.”

Hansen’s bill would enable law enforcement agencies to recover investigative costs associated with violations or attempted violations of retail fraud—specifically shoplifting.

The legislation also would allow for cost recovery for the arrest and transportation of those who fail to appear for their scheduled court appearance.

Hansen said he introduced the bill after the Fruitport Township Police Department approached him regarding increasing incidents of retail fraud at the Lakes Mall and the many businesses that surround the mall. The department outlined the costs involved in investigating these crimes.

“Retail fraud is a real burden on law enforcement resources,” Hansen said. “Local agencies should be reimbursed these costs.”

Fruitport Township Police Department Detective Lt. Bruce Morningstar testified before committee in support of Hansen’s measure.

SB 729 has been referred to the full Senate for consideration.

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Sen. Hansen wears sneakers to raise cancer awareness

LANSING—State Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, wore sneakers during Senate session Tuesday as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer campaign to raise awareness in the fight against cancer. Hansen, second from left, is joined by fellow senators and Senate staff members.

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Sen. Hansen welcomes guests to Capitol for State of the State

LANSING—State Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, stands in the Senate chamber with his guests for Gov. Rick Snyder’s fourth State of the State address Thursday night. Pictured left to right are Brenda Fowler, Olivia Fowler, Hansen, Nick Schanhals and Paul Meyers.

Olivia, from Newaygo, and Nick, from North Muskegon, were among many bright students who entered Sen. Hansen’s student essay contest. Olivia came with her stepmom, and Nick brought his grandfather.

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Sen. Hansen comments on State of the State address

LANSING—State Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, offered the following statement Thursday after Gov. Rick Snyder delivered his 2014 State of the State address:

“The governor tonight highlighted the successes we’ve had in Michigan the past several years while offering some appropriate challenges as well.

“The state’s economy continues to improve. We have added more than 220,000 jobs since 2011, and we are fourth in the nation in private-sector job growth from 2010 through 2012.

“But the governor did more than note our economic victories. I was happy to hear him point out the serious challenge posed by invasive species. A bill I sponsored last year addressing this issue is now state law. The measure allows local governments to implement tax increment financing to collect money for a variety of waterfront improvement activities, including invasive species.

“It has been a productive time in Michigan, and I think our best is yet to come. I am committed to building a better Michigan and look forward to working with Governor Snyder to continue passing real reforms.”

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Sen. Hansen available for comments following State of the State address

Who:
State Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart.

What:
Reaction and comments following the governor’s State of the State address.

When:
After the address, which is scheduled to begin Thursday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m.

Where:
House Appropriations Room
Third Floor
State Capitol
Lansing, MI

Brief:
Hansen will be available following the State of the State address for comments on state issues mentioned by the governor in the address.

He is also available for phone interviews on Friday, Jan. 17.

Please call Hansen’s office at 1-517-373-1635 prior to 5 p.m. on Jan. 16 to schedule an interview time with the senator.

Audio remarks will be available for broadcast from the senator’s website at www.SenatorGoeffHansen.com. Click on Audio under the Media Center tab.