LANSING, Mich., May 11, 2022 — On May 5, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed into law a child abuse registry bill-package. Michigan’s Central Registry compiles a list of individuals’ names who have a preponderance of evidence against them for abusing or neglecting a child and are a future risk to the child. The bill-package — HB 5274-5280, HB 5534 and HB 5594 — includes legislation that requires the state to focus on adults who pose serious physical or mental harm to children. It also makes accessible information to parents and guardians of children in Michigan.
“I’ve been glad to champion this package, and I’d like to extend my gratitude to the governor for signing the legislation. It will tighten the selection criteria for who goes on the list, which in turn helps the child abuse registry function accurately and properly. Most importantly, it helps keep our kids safe,” said state Rep. David LaGrand (D-Grand Rapids).