LANSING, Mich., Nov. 9, 2021 — The House Judiciary Committee approved House Bill 4084 today, sponsored by state Rep. Cynthia A. Johnson (D-Detroit), to help protect the health of Michiganders by holding illegal dumpers accountable and increasing the penalty for those who engage in illegal dumping practices.
“I am pleased my colleagues have joined me in calling for corporate dumpers to be held responsible for the damage they cause to the beauty of our city and the health of our people,” Johnson said. “This has been a long time coming, but we are not over the finish line yet. I promise that I will not stop advocating until this bill becomes law and illegal dumping is put to an end.”
The bill, which now awaits a final House vote, would hold illegal dumpers accountable by requiring them to remove the trash and fix any damage they caused as a part of their sentence. It would also increase the penalty for dumping three cubic feet or more of garbage from a civil infraction to a misdemeanor and double the fine for dumping five cubic yards or more of garbage.