Senate passes Hansen’s bill enabling police agencies to recoup costs

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

Senate Bill 191, sponsored by Sen. Goeff Hansen, would expand the list of criminal offenses for which cost recovery may be ordered by the court.

“We mustn’t get in the way of police agencies in their fight against crime,” said Hansen, R-Hart. “My bill help police to recoup costs.”

SB 191 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 can drain law enforcement resources,” Hansen said. “Local agencies should be empowered to reimburse these costs.”

SB 191 has been sent to the Michigan House for further consideration.

Hansen bill would help to promote an increase in beach safety

LANSING—State Sen. Goeff Hansen introduced legislation on Wednesday that would help to promote a reduction in the number of fatalities on Michigan beaches.

Senate Bill 265 would promote steps to increase the availability and accessibility of safety and rescue equipment at shorelines across the state by no longer restricting a community’s placement of such equipment to public bathing beaches.

This means that access to safety and rescue equipment would be available not only to swimmers but to boaters, kayakers, paddle boarders, anglers and others as well.

“Michigan is home to the world’s largest quantity of fresh water, consisting of 11,000 lakes, 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline and thousands of miles of rivers and streams,” said Hansen, R-Hart, chairman of the Senate Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Committee. “Too many deaths and preventable accidents occur in these waters. SB 265 will reduce these numbers.”

According to the National Weather Service Current Incident Database, there have been a total of 144 fatalities and 307 rescues on the Great Lakes alone since 2002, with many of the victims ranging between the ages of 10 and 25. A large number of these incidents occurred on waters without any beach safety equipment.

“Many people who attempt to assist a victim often drown because of a lack of a lifejacket or other safety equipment,” Hansen said. “This measure will provide equipment both for those experiencing distress in the water and those assisting them.”

Hansen said that SB 265 would provide greater opportunities for equipment to be placed in areas under local jurisdiction depending on the goals and consensus of each community. The bill would make the providing and maintaining of rescue equipment on public beaches a government function, and that municipalities exercising this function would be entitled to governmental immunity.

SB 265 has been referred to the Senate Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Committee.

Hansen bill would help to promote an increase in beach safety

LANSING—State Sen. Goeff Hansen introduced legislation on Wednesday that would help to promote a reduction in the number of fatalities on Michigan beaches.

Senate Bill 265 would promote steps to increase the availability and accessibility of safety and rescue equipment at shorelines across the state by no longer restricting a community’s placement of such equipment to public bathing beaches.

This means that access to safety and rescue equipment would be available not only to swimmers but to boaters, kayakers, paddle boarders, anglers and others as well.

“Michigan is home to the world’s largest quantity of fresh water, consisting of 11,000 lakes, 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline and thousands of miles of rivers and streams,” said Hansen, R-Hart, chairman of the Senate Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Committee. “Too many deaths and preventable accidents occur in these waters. SB 265 will reduce these numbers.”

According to the National Weather Service Current Incident Database, there have been a total of 144 fatalities and 307 rescues on the Great Lakes alone since 2002, with many of the victims ranging between the ages of 10 and 25. A large number of these incidents occurred on waters without any beach safety equipment.

“Many people who attempt to assist a victim often drown because of a lack of a lifejacket or other safety equipment,” Hansen said. “This measure will provide equipment both for those experiencing distress in the water and those assisting them.”

Hansen said that SB 265 would provide greater opportunities for equipment to be placed in areas under local jurisdiction depending on the goals and consensus of each community. The bill would make the providing and maintaining of rescue equipment on public beaches a government function, and that municipalities exercising this function would be entitled to governmental immunity.

SB 265 has been referred to the Senate Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Committee.