|Sent on:||Monday, January 27, 2014 11:10 AM|
GOOD NEWS: SB 285/286 will be heard this Wednesday in the House Criminal Justice Committee! This is the package of bills that passed the Senate 38-0 last fall to increase penalties for animal cruelty. The bills amend the Michigan Penal Code and the Code of Criminal Procedure to add definitions for “breeder” and “pet shop” and to increase penalties for cruelty involving domestic violence and companion animals and cases with large numbers of animals.
We have bi-partisan support so we don’t need to flood the committee with emails or calls. If you live in one of the committee member’s district, politely ask for a yes vote. PMA will write a letter thanking Senator Bieda and Jones for strengthening the laws and the committee for considering it.
Kurt Heise (R) Committee Chair, 20th District (Northville, Plymouth, Canton)
Joseph Graves (R) Majority Vice-Chair, 51st District (Argentine, Atlas, Fenton, Flushing, Gaines townships, Linden, Fenton, Groveland, Holly and Rose.
Kenneth Kurtz (R) 58th District (Hillsdale and Branch county)
Mike Callton (R) 87th District (Barry County and part of Ionia County)
Ed McBroom (R) 108th District (Delta, Dickinson and Menominee counties)
Margaret O'Brien (R) 61st District (of Portage as well as the townships of Oshtemo, Prairie Ronde, Schoolcraft and Texas)
Klint Kesto (R) 39th District (city of Wixom, Commerce Township, a portion of West Bloomfield Township and the village of Wolverine Lake)
Stacy Oakes (D) Minority Vice-Chair, 95th District (Saginaw County)
Rose Mary Robinson (D) 4th District (Parts of Detroit and Hamtramck)
John Kivela (D) 109th District (Alger County, Luce County, Marquette County (part),. Schoolcraft County
Brian Banks (D) 1st District (Wayne County (part), Detroit city (part) Grosse Pointe Woods city, Harper Woods city, Village of Grosse Pointe Shores, a Michigan City city (part)).
Founder of Puppy Mill Awareness of SE Michigan