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2012 House Bill 5284: Expand computer crime law to handheld internet gadgets

Public Act 353 of 2012

  1. Introduced by Rep. John Walsh (R) on January 25, 2012, to revise the law that authorizes enhanced penalties for using a computer and the internet to communicate for the purpose of committing certain crimes (including stalking, sex crimes and serious violent crimes), so that it also applies to cell phones and other handheld gadgets that access the internet.
    • Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on January 25, 2012.
      • Reported in the House on April 19, 2012, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Lisa Brown (D) on May 9, 2012, to tie-bar the bill to House Bill 4237, meaning this bill cannot become law unless that one does also. HB 4237 would to make it a crime to post a false, reputation-damaging message online about a minon with the intent to intimidate, frighten, harass or cause emotional distress. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on May 9, 2012.
  2. Passed 106 to 0 in the House on May 10, 2012.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on May 15, 2012.
    • Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 15, 2012.
      • Reported in the Senate on June 6, 2012, with the recommendation that the amendment be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Amendment offered in the Senate on September 25, 2012, to clarify a detail of the bill's scope and give it an effective date of Jan. 1, 2013. The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on September 25, 2012.
  4. Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on September 27, 2012, to revise the law that authorizes enhanced penalties for using a computer and the internet to communicate for the purpose of committing certain crimes (including stalking, sex crimes and serious violent crimes), so that it also applies to cell phones and other handheld gadgets that access the internet.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the House on September 27, 2012.
  6. Passed by voice vote in the House on November 8, 2012, to concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.
  7. Received in the Senate on November 29, 2012.
    • Substitute offered by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on November 29, 2012, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance as previously described. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on November 29, 2012.
  8. Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on November 29, 2012, to pass the bill again after revising a detail.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  9. Received in the House on November 29, 2012.
  10. Passed 105 to 0 in the House on December 4, 2012.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  11. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on December 12, 2012.

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