HB-5442, As Passed Senate, June 9, 2016




























     A bill to prescribe the public threat alert system as the


official response to public threat situations in this state; and to


provide for the powers and duties of certain state and local


governmental officers and authorities.




     Sec. 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the


"public threat alert system act".


     Sec. 2. As used in this act, "public threat" means a clear,


present, persistent, ongoing, and random threat to public safety. A


public threat includes, but is not limited to, an act of terrorism,


an unresolved mass shooting, or an unresolved mass shooting spree.


     Sec. 3. (1) The department of state police shall establish and


maintain the public threat alert system plan.


     (2) The public threat alert system plan shall be designed to


rapidly disseminate useful information in a predetermined manner to


radio and televisions stations within this state and to wireless


devices through the existing wireless emergency alert system


operated under federal law.


     (3) The public threat alert system plan shall be activated


only in accordance with the policies established by the department


of state police.


     Sec. 4. (1) A person shall not intentionally make a false


report of a public threat, or intentionally cause a false report of


a public threat to be made, to a peace officer, police agency of


this state or of a local unit of government, 9-1-1 operator, or any


other governmental employee or contractor or employee of a


contractor who is authorized to receive the report, knowing that


the report is false. A person who violates this section is guilty


of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 4 years or


a fine of not more than $2,000.00, or both.


     (2) The court may order a person convicted under this section


to pay to the state or a local unit of government and the media the


costs of responding to the false report or threat, including, but


not limited to, the use of police or fire emergency response


vehicles and teams, under section 1f of chapter IX of the code of


criminal procedure, 1927 PA 175, MCL 769.1f.


     Enacting section 1. This act takes effect 90 days after the


date it is enacted into law.


     Enacting section 2. This act does not take effect unless all


of the following bills of the 98th Legislature are enacted into

House Bill No. 5442 as amended June 8, 2016




     <<(a) Senate Bill No. 976.>>


     (b) House Bill No. 5567.