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Dominick's Law Heads to Gov. Snyder

The legislation strengthens penalties for first- and second-degree child abuse, creating additional penalties for additional offenses of child abuse.

The Michigan House today gave final approval to legislation known as "Dominick's Law" that will strengthen penalties for child abuse in Michigan and create penalties for abuse in front of other people.

The legislation, sponsored by state Reps. Matt Lori and Joseph Graves, are in memory of , a 4-year old from Argentine Township who was in 2010, in the presence of his older brother.

"Passing this legislation is a big victory for ensuring the safety of Michigan's children as it demonstrates that child abuse will not be tolerated in our state," said Graves, R-Argentine Township. "I hope that sending these bills to Gov. Snyder will also allow some closure for the Calhoun family as we honor the memory of little Dominick."

House Bills 5562 and 5563 establish penalties for committing child abuse in the presence of another child, which is not currently considered a component of the crime.

"Updating these laws gives the courts the tools to properly punish criminals who commit child abuse and sends the message that what happened to Dominick Calhoun will not be tolerated in Michigan," said Lori, R-Constantine. "We are determined to better protect our children from child abuse and I believe this has been accomplished under this legislation."

The legislation also strengthens penalties for first- and second-degree child abuse, creating additional penalties for additional offenses of child abuse.

HB 5562 and 5563 now await the Governor Rick Snyder's signature.

*Information provided by the Michigan House Republicans.

star June 15, 2012 at 12:38 AM
This is a good thing.
Adams Grama June 15, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Congratulations !! I wish our Governor from California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, would of cared enough to meet with us when he singed Adam's Law (AB 1280) in 2010. I guess because my precious grandson Adam Carbajal survived this horrific crime, makes it better, so sad. https://www.facebook.com/AdamsLaw

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