Advancing legislation addresses rising crime, radical policies
The Michigan House today approved a plan from state Rep. Matt Hall, of Comstock Township, to promote cleaner and healthier Michigan communities.
House Bill 6367 prohibits local units of government from decriminalizing forms of public indecency. Any city, county, village or township that has decriminalized such acts after Jan. 1, 2022 would have 60 days to reinstate them.
“This is a pressing issue with families and small-business owners I talk with, and I am glad to see the House quickly take action to deliver a better, safer way forward for our communities,” Hall said. “Radical policies that encourage public indecency and are soft on criminal behavior have made our communities less safe and less healthy for people who live and work there. In addition, law enforcement who have sworn to look out for their fellow community members and keep their communities safe must sit by idly because these indecent actions have been decriminalized and basically unenforced. That’s not the right way forward for our state as we work to keep and attract residents and jobs.”
The reforms come as cities across the country are decriminalizing certain actions – including in Michigan. In July, Kalamazoo changed its code of ordinances to decriminalize public defecation, urination, littering and other unsanitary acts.
The bill now moves to the Senate for further consideration.