House Judiciary Committee considers animal-fighting bills

Three bills related to animal fighting are on the Michigan House Judiciary Committee’s radar.

SB 356, introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R – Grand Ledge), would allow criminal forfeiture of real property used in the commission of animal fighting.

Sen. Bert Johnson (D – Detroit), introduced SB 357, which would allow authorities to declare property on which animal fighting is conducted to be a nuisance.

SB 358, introduced by Sen. Steven Bieda, (D – Warren), would include animal fighting as a predicate offense under the state racketeering statute.

The three bills have cleared the Senate. The HJC takes them up Thursday, Oct. 13 at 10:30 a.m.

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