Booher sponsored legislation to make prosecuting easier

LANSING – Two pieces of legislation sponsored by state Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, aimed at making the jobs of county prosecutors easier have been signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder.

Senate bill 727 will “eliminate a current requirement that a circuit court must consent to the appointment of an assistant prosecutor when the prosecuting attorney is unable to preside in a case.”

The legislation passed both chambers of the Michigan legislature without opposition, 36-0 in the Senate and 108-0 in the House of Representatives.

The bill is now Public Act 72.

Its companion piece of legislation, Senate bill 728 updates Public Act 41 of 1911 and allows county prosecutors to appoint staff to a case without the consent of a circuit court judge.

SB 728 also passed without opposition, 37-0 in the state Senate and 108-0 in the House.

The bill is now Public Act 73.

“County prosecutors are integral to our justice system,” Snyder said in a statement. “I appreciate the legislature’s support in guaranteeing these individuals have the help necessary to best prosecute criminal activity.”

The acts are the fifth and sixth pieces of Booher-sponsored legislation that have been signed into law by Snyder since the start of Booher’s Senate term in January 2011.