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New Criminal Laws in 2011 Part 3

IV. Miscellaneous

A. Alcohol. 2011 PA 27. Effective May 16, 2011. Allows local communities to continue to prohibit Sunday alcohol sales. MCL 436.2111.

B. Bullying. 2011 PA 241. Effective Dec 6, 2011. Requires every school district and public school academy to have a policy prohibiting bullying at school. MCL 380.1310b.

C. Children.

1. Adoption. 2011 PA 29-31. Effective May 29, 2011. Allows for a designee of the Superintendent of the Michigan Children’s Institute to consent to adoptions, marriages, guardianships, or emancipations of state wards.

2. Child Deaths.

a. 2011 PA 67. Effective June 28, 2011. Requires the Department of Human Services to notify the court, appropriate state legislators, and the children’s ombudsman whenever a child under the court’s jurisdiction dies. MCL 722.627k.

b. 2011 PA 68. Effective June 28, 2011. Requires a citizen review panel to review the circumstances of the death of every child who is under court jurisdiction. MCL 722.627b.

c. 2011 PA 69 & 89. Effective June 28, 2011. Requires the Department of Human Services to establish a child death registry containing information on children who die while under court jurisdiction, or from abuse and neglect in situations where the parent had at least one Child Protective Services complain within the previous 2 years, or when the child was within the jurisdiction of DHS in the previous 12 months. MCL 722.627b.

d. 2011 PA 70. Effective June 28, 2011. Allows a court within jurisdiction over a child’s death to access private central registry reports. MCL 722.627.

e. 2011 PA 89. Effective July 15, 2011. Requires a representative of the local court to be on the child fatality review team. MCL 722.627b.

3. Hunting. 2011 PA 109 & 120. Effective Sept. 1, 2011. Allows children under the age of hunt 10 to hunt with a mentored youth hunting license. MCL 333.43250.

4. Working. 2011 PA 197. Effective Oct. 18, 2011. Increases the number of hours a minor can work while attending school to 24 hours. MCL 409.111.

5. Youth Adult Foster Care. 2011 PA 225-230. Effective Nov. 22, 2011. Creates the “Young Adult Voluntary Foster Care Act.” The Act allows the Department of Human Services to continue to provide services to young adults between the ages of 18-21 who would otherwise age out of the foster care system at age 18.

D. Jails. 2011 PA 211. Effective Nov. 8, 2011. Authorizes a sheriff to place multiple inmates in a cell provided there is a 25 square feet per inmate, or 35 square feet per inmate if the inmate will be in the cell for 10 or more hours a day. The cells must have been constructed after Jan. 1, 1988. MCL 791.262c.

E. Lien. 2011 PA 198-199. Effective Oct. 18, 2011. Requires the Michigan State Police and the Department of Human Services to develop a computer interface by July 1, 2013, that would allow each department to determine if a person wanted on a felony warrant is on public assistance. MCL 400.10c.

F. Michigan Public Safety Communications System. 2011 PA 146. Effective Sept. 21, 2011. Allocates $7,000,000 to the Michigan State Police from the 9-1-1 fund in fiscal year 2011-2012 to fund the Department’s costs for the Michigan Public Safety Communications System. MCL 484.1408(6).

G. Prescriptions. 2011 PA 108. Effective July 20, 2011. Allows practitioners access to the electronic system for monitoring schedule 2-5 drugs to determine if prescriptions authorized by that person have been dispensed. MCL 333.733a(2)(h).

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