Governor signs Jones bill that will protect children from sexual predators

Governor signs Jones bill that will protect children from sexual predators

LANSING— Children across Michigan will be safer under legislation signed into law on Tuesday by Gov. Rick Snyder, said sponsor Sen. Rick Jones. 

Public Act 2 of 2013  (Senate Bill 44) amends the Sex Offenders Registration Act (SORA) to require that a registered sex offender convicted of certain Tier 1 offences against minors to be listed on the public website.

“Convicted sex offenders are organized into three tiers, with Tier 3 being the most serious and Tier 1 the least serious,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “Currently, Tier 1 offenders are registered in the law enforcement database but not the public database.”

Under PA 2, the following Tier 1 crimes would be listed on the public website.

• Possessing child pornography;
• Indecent exposure of oneself to a minor; 
• Unlawful imprisonment of a minor; and 
• Surveillance of a minor.

“Any parent or grandparent has the right to know if they are living next to someone who has a record of committing sexual crimes against minors,” Jones said. “This legislation allows parents to know if there are areas of the neighborhood they need to teach their children to avoid.”

It is estimated that this change in law will place an additional 250 people on the public registry at no cost to the state.

Two examples offered by the Michigan State police of the types of crimes against minors that will be added to the public registry are:

• An example of child pornography would be: A woman who watched her boyfriend sexually assault her 6-year old sister and photographed it.

• An example of unlawful imprisonment would be: A man who pulled an 8-year-old girl off of her bicycle, forced her into his house, and began fondling her.

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Senate unanimous on Jones bill

 

Senate unanimous on Jones bill

LANSING—Legislation that would help protect Michigan law enforcement agencies throughout the state from violating the Constitution was unanimously approved by the Michigan Senate on Wednesday, said sponsor Sen Rick Jones.

Senate Bill 94 would prohibit state and local officials from aiding the federal government in the detention of a U.S. citizen if charges are not brought.  The National Defense Act allows the federal government to detain people for an unlimited time without charges being brought against them.  Many states are asserting 10th Amendment rights and passing laws to prevent their law enforcement officials from participating in an unconstitutional act.

“Today, the Michigan Senate stands historically with the senators from 1855,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge “In 1855 Michigan stood against the federal Fugitive Slave Act.  The liberty law was passed and gave escaped slaves habeas corpus and trial by jury.”  “Today with SB 94 we are saying that if the federal government grabs a citizen off the street and holds him against his will without charges, we will not assist with that unconstitutional act.”

The bill was supported by both the American Civil Liberties Union and Tea Party groups.      

 

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Jones hits 20 gallons on blood donation chart

Jones hits 20 gallons on blood donation chart

LANSING—State Sen. Rick Jones kicked off Red Cross Month with a blood donation. 

This will be Jones’ 160th time giving blood, which means he has donated 20 gallons of blood

“I am blessed with good health and happy that I am able to donate blood,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “Donating blood is a fast, easy and relatively painless way to help save lives.”

March was first proclaimed Red Cross Month by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1943 during World War II.  Since that time, every president has designated March as Red Cross Month.  The organization has been helping people for more than 130 years.

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