Law enforcement enhanced in Pictured Rocks National Park

Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation to allow for better law enforcement inside Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore near Munising.

Senate Bill 617, sponsored by state Sen. Tom Casperson, allows National Park Service law enforcement rangers in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore to use state law to respond to crimes against people. This ensures immediate law enforcement within the park and relieves state and county officials from responding to all incidents.

"Part of protecting our state treasures is ensuring the National Park Service has the authority necessary to provide public safety inside the park," Snyder said.

In addition, Snyder signed five other bills:

House Bill 4346, sponsored by state Rep. John Walsh, and S.B. 428, sponsored by state Sen. Dave Hildenbrand, alter the timing of when the state receives use and sales tax payments from businesses with a total tax liability in the previous calendar year of $720,000 or more.

H.B. 4751, sponsored by state Rep. Joel Johnson, deletes all references to the Agricultural Marketing and Bargaining Board, which was eliminated in 2007, from the correlating statute. The board's previous duties now are the jurisdiction of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

H.B. 4845, sponsored by state Rep. Frank Foster, defines standards for a Boater's Safety Certificate and requires that boat operators aged 12 or younger possess a certificate and be supervised by someone of at least 16 years old.

H.B. 4974, sponsored by state Rep. Amanda Price, fixes the spelling of Sgt. Gordon Yntema's name in a state law designating a portion of U.S. 31 as the Medal of Honor Recipients Highway.

Published: Mon, May 7, 2012

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