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Cannon Twp. Board passes resolution in response to Prop. 3

Cannon Township Board
Patrick Center
Cannon Township Board

In Kent County, the Cannon Township Board voted Monday night in favor of a resolution protecting children and vulnerable adults from potential abuses it says can be found in Proposal 3

Michigan voters passed Proposal 3 one week ago. Monday evening it referenced a letter signed by 11 county prosecutors, including Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker, claiming the proposal supporting “reproductive freedoms” overwhelmingly invalidates age of consent laws and parental consent.

While the proposal protects “reproductive freedom,” the prosecutors argue no age limitations will, “Prevent prosecutors from enforcing criminal statutes against statutory rape, child sexual abuse, female genital mutilation and other similar statutes if the child “consents.”

The Cannon Township Board voted unanimously, 7-0, on a resolution supporting law enforcement and protecting the health, safety and welfare of township children.

Steve Grimm is Cannon Township Supervisor:

“What I propose through this resolution is that we do is basically three things. We express our official disagreement with that portion of Proposal 3 and affirm our support for law enforcement and the protection of children from what used to be a serious criminal offense prior to the passage of Proposal 3.”

The township board makes clear it will follow the law, but it wants to make Michiganders aware of the discovered flaws by county prosecutors in the new state Constitutional amendment.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.
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