State Senate OKs Bills Attacking Child Pornography

LANSING (AP) – The Michigan Senate has unanimously passed three Republican-introduced bills that supporters say would make it easier to prosecute people for child pornography.

The bills approved Wednesday go to the state House for consideration.

Attorney General Bill Schuette says the bills help update laws written in the 1990s when he says “the Internet was still in its infancy.”

A bill by Tom Casperson of Escanaba amends criminal procedures to make it easier for prosecutors to use evidence gathered in undercover police operations against child predators at sentencing.

A bill by Goeff Hansen of Hart restricts who has access to child pornography during the discovery phase of criminal trials.
And a bill by Dave Hildenbrand of Lowell Township expands the definitions of producing and making pornography to include creating new copies.

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