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Rep Kesto encourages local residents to help purge states outdated laws

first_imgState Rep. Klint Kesto urges local residents to let him know what antiquated or unnecessary state laws should be rescinded in Michigan to cut down on the number of regulations that could put people in legal difficulties.Rep. Kesto, R-Commerce Township, said a legislative workgroup plans to reform Michigan’s criminal laws, and he wants input from local citizens in the elimination process. People can visit his website at www.repklintkesto.com and let him know what outdated or needless laws should be removed from the books.“Michigan has a number of laws on the books that are simply not relevant today,” said Rep. Kesto, who serves as chair of the House Committee on Judiciary. “It’s vital that we look at what laws can be eliminated because they serve no purpose or are unconnected to life in the 21st century.”The Michigan penal code contains nearly 1,000 sections, which is eight times the number of the Model Penal Code and much more than neighboring states, according to a recent study by the Manhattan Institute for Public Research and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.The workgroup will focus on repealing unnecessary and outdated statutes, as well as reducing unnecessarily or disproportionately high criminal penalties by ensuring that penalties for similar crimes are consistent.In 2009, a Michigan woman received national attention when state government ordered her to stop watching neighborhood children after school because she was not a licensed day-care provider.  The woman faced potential misdemeanor charges before the Legislature intervened.“Laws such as this that prevent people from being good neighbors need to be purged,” Rep. Kesto said. “I’m asking local citizens to let me know about laws that they consider useless or outdated so we can clean up our legal system.”Rep. Kesto also encourages local high-school government classes to research Michigan laws and submit ideas to his website.##### 02Mar Rep. Kesto encourages local residents to help purge state’s outdated laws Workgroup aims to include citizen feedbacklast_img read more