IDENTITY OF MINOR VICTIMS                                                               H.B. 4725 (H-3):

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House Bill 4725 (Substitute H-3 as passed by the House)

Sponsor:  Representative Tom McMillin

House Committee:  Judiciary

Senate Committee:  Judiciary


Date Completed:  9-25-12




The bill would amend Articles 1, 2, and 3 of the Crime Victim's Rights Act to exempt information about the identity of certain child victims from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). 


Article 1 of the Act applies to victims of felonies; Article 2 applies to victims of juvenile violations; and Article 3 applies to victims of serious misdemeanors.  Under the bill, in all three articles, the following information concerning a victim of child abuse, criminal sexual conduct (CSC), assault with intent to commit CSC, or a similar crime would be exempt from disclosure under FOIA, if the victim were under 18 years of age when the crime was committed:


 --    The victim's name and address.

 --    The name and address of an immediate family member or relative of the victim, who had the same surname as the victim, other than the name and address of the accused.

 --    Any other information that would tend to reveal the identity of the victim, including a reference to the victim's familial or other relationship to the accused.


MCL 780.758 et al.                                                   Legislative Analyst:  Patrick Affholter




The bill would have no fiscal impact on State or local government.


                                                                                     Fiscal Analyst:  Dan O'Connor


This analysis was prepared by nonpartisan Senate staff for use by the Senate in its deliberations and does not constitute an official statement of legislative intent.