Politics & Government
5:22 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Lt. Governor signs dozens of bills: Dead bodies, conservation corps, medical pot

It will soon be illegal in Michigan to discover a dead body and not report it.

It’s one of more than 50 bills signed this week by Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley.

Failing to report a corpse will be a misdemeanor, which can come with up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. It will be a felony to fail to report the body if the intention is to hide the death or its cause.

Republican state Senator Tonya Schuitmaker sponsored the bill.

“Unfortunately, there’s two or three cases every year where a person either fraudulently conceals that body in order to cash that person’s checks, or for some other reason,” Schuitmaker said.

Calley signed the bills on behalf of Governor Rick Snyder, who was out of the state with his family.

He also signed a measure to revive the Michigan Civilian Conservation Corps, and one that will prohibit people from claiming medical marijuana under personal injury insurance policies.