New Law Increases Number of Crimes that Could Require Reimbursing State or Local Government Expenses
A new law signed by Governor Snyder this week expands the list of crimes that may require a person to reimburse state or local governments.
The need for this new law was brought to state legislatures attention by a Detective with the Norton Shores Police Department, seen on Governor Snyder’s left in this photo.
He noticed that the number of retails frauds at the Lakes Mall in Muskegon County were on the rise.
And that was putting a strain on the local law enforcement.
Working with Senator Geoff Hansen a bill was drafted that would add retail fraud to the list of crimes that those convicted of the crime could be required to reimburse the state or local governments expenses.
The bill was approved in both the House and Senate and this week was on Governor Snyder’s desk.
The law also adds dealing in stolen goods and failure to make a court-ordered appearance to the list.
Senator Hansen said the law will be a further deterrent against crime while also reducing the costs to the local governments.