Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette praised the Michigan Senate on Wednesday for unanimously passing his legislation aimed at strengthening laws which protect Michigan families from child pornography.

Schuette said "when our child pornography laws were written in the 1990's, the Internet was still in it's infancy stage. Today a child predator produces child pornography, and it can be over the entire world within a matter of minutes."

The bills, which now head to the Michigan House of Representatives, will:

  • Amend the code of criminal procedure to more effectively allow prosecutors to use evidence gathered in undercover police operations against child predators at sentencing.
  • Ensure children are not re-victimized through the legal process by restricting who has access to child pornography during the discovery phase of criminal trials.
  • Strengthen the state's law against child pornography by expanding the definition of "produce" or "make" to specifically include the making of new copies.