New year, new laws for Michigan
MICHIGAN (WPBN/WGTU) -- Governor Rick Snyder and Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley signed 267 bills into law in 2017.
That's way down from the previous year, when 563 bills were approved.
Although there will be fewer laws taking effect this year, lawmakers hope one bill, in particular, will keep "bad cops" off the streets.
"I'm happy to say this phenomenon that has been known nationally of the gypsy cop problem is going to stop here in Michigan,” said Republican Senator Rick Jones of Grand Ledge.
A gypsy cop is a phrase used to describe an officer who jumps department to department after they resigned, or more often, have been fired. Under a new law, information about those officers will be released to new prospective police employers.
Jones said this is needed because of a situation when an Eaton County Deputy pulled over a man for a broken taillight.
"At one point he became angry,” Jones said of the deputy. “He pulled the man out of the car, grabbed him by the neck. It was a fairly violent arrest and according to the film, there really is no reason that could be seen why was the man arrested. It went in front of a prosecutor and he released the man from jail. He did not issue a warrant and the deputy wasn't fired."
That officer, Jones said, is now with a new department.
From the streets to the football field, another new law aims to protect young athletes.
In 2018, high school coaches will have to undergo a concussion awareness training program every three years.
You might also see more grocery stores in 2018, thanks to a new law.
Democrat Andy Schor said many Michigan inner cities are "food deserts" and the closest large grocery stores are often located in the suburbs.
"We are not taxing anymore, we are using existing community revitalization dollars," said Schor, of Lansing.
Another new law slaps stronger penalties on parents who allow female genital mutilation to be done to their kids. The penalties include potentially taking away their parental rights and putting guilty parents in prison for 15 years.
See below for a list of the new laws taking effect in 2018.