Committee approves Rep Iden first responder protection bill

first_img Categories: Iden News,News The House Law and Justice Committee today approved legislation sponsored by state Rep. Brandt Iden, which would make it felony for anyone who targets or intimidates a member of the police, fire, corrections and emergency medical service departments.Anyone found guilty could serve up to two years incarceration.“First responders face many dangers, but getting targeted or attacked shouldn’t be one of them,” said Iden, of Oshtemo Township. “We need to stand by these selfless individuals who put their lives on the line every day for us.”Today’s vote comes a week after Iden was joined by Mark Barnes, fire chief for the Charter Township of Oshtemo, and Jed Wild, lead training officer for the Covert Township Fire Department. Both spoke before the committee as part of five first responders supporting a three-bill legislative package expanding protections.“Evil will reside in our communities year and year out, but we’re going to continue to do our job,” said Wild to the committee. “We appreciate and recognize you are trying to protect us.”Iden’s legislation, House Bill 4591, sets the penalty parameters for partner bills HB 4585, sponsored by state Rep. Jeff Yaroch, of Richmond; and HB 4590, sponsored by state Rep. Klint Kesto.“As we just witnessed this past week, attacks on our first responders are on the rise so I’m pleased that we’re able to advance this legislation quickly,” Iden said. “We need to show these men and women that the state of Michigan has their back.”The three-bill package advances to the House for its consideration.##### 03Oct Committee approves Rep. Iden first responder protection billlast_img

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