See the post shared by Michigan Council on Crime & Delinquency below to learn more about today’s action on this issue:
This morning, Raise the Age Legislation was reported out of the MI House Law and Justice Committee to the full House for approval! Committee members showed strong support for the bills, most of which passed by a 9-2 margin.
The successful vote is a major step forward in the legislative process. Passage of the full House and Senate, culminated by the Governor’s signature, is necessary for these bills become law prior to Sine Die (the expiration of the 2017-18 Legislative Session).
Today’s vote occurred one day after the Law and Justice Committee adopted substitute bill versions that push back the legislation’s effective date to 2021.
The package also includes a funding bill sponsored by Rep. Martin Howrylak (R-Troy). The Howrylak funding mechanism provides an essential, perhaps final, piece of the legislative puzzle.
“We are thrilled to see that committee members are prioritizing the safety and well-being of Michigan’s justice-involved youth!” said Mary King, executive director for the Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency. “These bills represent an investment that will result in long term gains for our state.”
While the legislative process offers no guarantees, the establishment of the funding bill, along with the new implementation timeline, has created significant momentum for Raise the Age.
Read more coverage of today’s vote in the Detroit News by clicking here.
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