REWARD FOR ESCAPED PRISONER                                                                H.B. 4045:

                                                                              SUMMARY OF HOUSE-PASSED BILL

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House Bill 4045 (as passed by the House)

Sponsor:  Representative Kara Hope

House Committee:  Judiciary

Senate Committee:  Judiciary and Public Safety


Date Completed:  9-22-20




The bill would amend Chapter XVI of the Code of Criminal Procedure to increase, from $2,000 to $20,000, the maximum reward that a county could offer for an arrest and conviction of a person who committed a crime or escaped from a penal institution.


The Code allow a county board of commissioners to offer and pay out of the county's general fund a maximum award of $2,000 for the arrest and conviction, or for information leading to the arrest and conviction, of any person or people having committed a crime within the county or having escaped from any penal institution. The bill would increase, from $2,000 to $20,000, the maximum award the county could offer.


The Code specifies that the powers granted above could be exercised by the finance committee of a county board of commissioners when the board is not in session. Under the bill, this provision would apply upon the request of a reward by the sheriff or the prosecuting attorney of the county.


The bill would take effect 90 days after its enactment.


MCL 776.19                                                          Legislative Analyst:  Stephen Jackson




The bill would have no direct fiscal impact on the State and would have an indeterminate effect on local governments. The bill would allow a county to offer a larger reward for the arrest and conviction (or information leading to the arrest or conviction) of a person who committed a crime or escaped from a penal institution in the county. The fiscal impact would depend on the decisions made by county officials.


                                                                                      Fiscal Analyst:  Ryan Bergan



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.