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.
“Democrats are yet again forcing a tax hike on the people and small businesses of Michigan,” said Hall, R-Richland Township. “They already jacked up all kinds of burdensome state fees. Now this confusing tax increase on food and drink will increase costs on businesses like coffee shops and movie theaters and cause higher prices for customers.
“After failing to land other high-profile Ford deals, Gov. Whitmer gave away the store to bring Ford to Marshall,” Hall said. “But with Democrats pushing policies that make Michigan less competitive, the $1.7 billion in subsidies and tax incentives still fell short.”
“Even with $1.8 billion in taxpayer support, Ford doesn’t know if this plant can be competitive in Michigan, and it doesn’t make sense to throw millions more taxpayer dollars at a stalled project. Another $65 million isn’t going to make up for the uncompetitive agenda Democrats are pushing to ban natural gas and raise energy prices, add a new tax on workers, and raise even more taxes next year to pay for their $82 billion budget.”