Senate signs off on bipartisan legislation to help protect Michigan neighborhoods

LANSING— Legislation that would increase the penalty for a drive-by shooting was approved by the Michigan Senate on Tuesday, said sponsor Sen. Jim Marleau.

“Firing a weapon out of a moving car is irresponsible and dangerous, and when it is done with innocent people around it is just plain stupid,” said Marleau, R-Lake Orion. “This legislation allows for longer prison sentences and increased fines when a drive-by shooting occurs.”

Senate Bill 582, sponsored by Marleau, would increase the penalties for anyone convicted of intentionally discharging a firearm from a vehicle into a home or potentially occupied structure.

Senate Bill 583, sponsored by state Sen. Jim Ananich, D-Flint, would increase the number of years and offender can spend in prison for purposefully doing a drive-by shooting.

“The Senate's swift action on these bipartisan measures demonstrates how urgent it is to address violent crime in our neighborhoods,” said Ananich. “These changes are an important part of the comprehensive solutions we need to keep our families safe.”

Marleau added “If passed, these bills will give prosecutors one more tool to keep dangerous criminals behind bars and off the streets,” Marleau added.

SBs 582 and 583 now advance to the Michigan House of Representatives.