Richardville introduces war memorial protection legislation
Sen. Randy Richardville introduced legislation Tuesday that will increase penalties for the destruction or mutilation of a war memorial or monument.
"Throughout Michigan, there are several memorials and monuments dedicated to brave men and women who have fought in the name of freedom," said Richardville, R-Monroe. "Recently, some of these cherished memorials have been vandalized. This legislation will increase the penalties for this offense to help discourage such criminal behavior."
Senate Bills 954 and 955 will change the current penalty to a felony. Offenders could be imprisoned for up to five years or fined up to $10,000.
"While our troops are defending our country, others are attacking their honor right here at home," Richardville said. "It's hard to imagine anyone would purposely destroy something that helps comfort the families and friends who have lost loved ones, but we must ensure appropriate penalties for those that do."
The bills have been sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee for considera
Posted: Wednesday, December 05, 2007
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