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Gov.

Rick Snyder signs bills to prevent methamphetamine production


Also signs drunken driving, stolen vehicle, squatting bills

Thursday, June 26, 2014


LANSING, Mich. Gov. Rick Snyder today signed legislation to combat the illegal
production of methamphetamine.
Methemphetamine production and abuse is dangerous not only for those who use the
drug, but to the entire community where meth is used or produced. Meths potentially
fatal production process releases toxic chemicals into the air creating public safety
concerns and adverse health effects on those who produce or use the product, as well
as their fellow Michiganders, Snyder said. These bills will give law enforcement
officials the tools necessary to effectively fight illegal drug production.
The bills aim to prevent the practice of purchasing small amounts of pseudoephedrine
from numerous retailers in an effort to avoid quantity restrictions put in place by the
Methamphetamine Act of 2011.
House Bill 5363, sponsored by state Rep. Amanda Price, prohibits a person from
purchasing or possessing any amount of ephedrine or pseudoephedrine with the
knowledge it will be used to manufacture methamphetamine. A violation of the law will
result in a term of up to five years imprisonment and a fine of up to $5,000.
HB 5089, sponsored by state Rep. Bob Genetski, prohibits a person from soliciting
another person to purchase or obtain ephedrine or pseudoephedrine knowing it will be
used for methamphetamine production.
HB 5090, sponsored by state Rep. Aric Nesbitt, amends the Code of Criminal
Procedure to specify that a violation of HB 5089 is to be classified as a Class D felony
involving a controlled substance with a 10-year maximum term of imprisonment.
The bills are now Public Acts 216-218 of 2014.

The governor also signed eight other public safety bills:
HB 4567, sponsored by state Rep. Eileen Kowall, enhances penalties for drunken
driving. The bill doubles the maximum prison term for operating a motor vehicle while
intoxicated in cases that result in death or serious bodily injury to another person if the
impaired driver has a blood alcohol content of .17 or higher and the accident occurred
within seven years of a prior drunken driving conviction. It is now PA 219.
HB 4568, also sponsored by Kowall, amends the Code of Criminal Procedure to include
the drunken driving felonies and sentencing guidelines proposed by HB 4567. It is now
PA 220.
HBs 4895 and 4896, sponsored by state Rep. Klint Kesto, enhance penalties for
knowingly buying, receiving, possessing or concealing a stolen motor vehicle in cases
where the offender has one or more similar prior convictions. A second or subsequent
offense of receiving or concealing a motor vehicle will be punishable with a maximum
sentence of up to 10 years imprisonment. The bills are now PAs 221 and 222.
HB 5069, sponsored by state Rep. Kurt Heise, protects property owners when evicting
squatters from their property. The bill clarifies that landlords are not liable for ejecting a
person from their property who entered by force or is holding the property by force.
Property owners can lawfully remove the squatter using force so long as their actions
are not undertaken by any means that would constitute a criminal offense. It is now PA
223.
HBs 5070 and 5071, also sponsored by Heise, define squatting as the occupation of a
single or two family dwelling without consent. Squatting is considered a criminal offense
and is classified as a Class G property crime. First-time offenders would be charged
with a 180-day misdemeanor and a potential fine of up to $5,000. Second-time
offenders will face a $10,000 fine and not more than two years in prison. The bills are
now PAs 224 and 225.
HB 5335, sponsored by state Rep. Brad Jacobsen, creates the Trespass Liability Act
identifying the circumstances under which property owners may be liable for
trespassers who are injured on their land. It is now PA 226.
For more information on legislation, visit legislature.michigan.gov.
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