Bill tougher on church disruptions

| February 15, 2011

A proposal to increase the penalties for disrupting a religious service would only further confuse what constitutes free speech in places of worship, some advocates of civil liberties said.

It is already a misdemeanor in Michigan to disturb religious services and, if convicted, carries a penalty of up to 90 days in jail, a fine up to $500 or both.

Senate Bill 19 would increase the penalties to 93 days' imprisonment, a fine up to $1,000, up to 100 hours of community service, or a combination of the three. A second offense would get violators 93 days in jail, a maximum fine of $5,000, up to 200 hours of community service, or a combination of the three.

The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, was approved last week in the Republican-controlled Senate, and now sits in committee in the Republican-led House. State Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg Township, voted in favor of the bill.

 

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