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Snyder signs bills giving assistance to prosecutors

Friday, April 6, 2012

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today signed legislation giving county prosecutors more latitude in appointing assistant prosecutors to help with the workload.

The bipartisan two-bill package is consistent with the objectives of Snyder's recent Special Message to the Legislature on Public Safety.

Senate Bill 727, sponsored by state Sen. Darwin Booher, eliminates the requirement that county prosecutors receive the consent of the circuit court judge before appointing staff to assist during a felony trial. S.B. 728, also sponsored by Booher, updates a 1911 law to allow county prosecutors to appoint assistant prosecutors without the consent of a circuit court judge.

"County prosecutors are integral to our justice system," Snyder said. "I appreciate the Legislature's support in guaranteeing these individuals have the help necessary to best prosecute criminal activity."

The bills now are Public Acts 72 and 73.