Several important new laws passed earlier in the year take effect in August:
- Public Acts 24 and 25 of 2017 allow parents and guardians to voluntarily have photographs and fingerprints of their special needs child or adult entered into a statewide system to aid in identifying them and contacting their families more quickly should these vulnerable individuals go missing.
- Public Acts 29 and 30 of 2017 prohibit and provide tough penalties for pointing a laser or similar device at an airplane pilot or train engineer. While this issue is a federal crime, the new state law allows for more consistent prosecution and increased safety.
- Public Act 34 of 2017 expands protections for victims of human trafficking so all victims, including those with prior prostitution-related convictions, are eligible for the discharge and dismissal program if all conditions of probation are met.