DELTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A bill that would raise the penalties for disrupting church services is awaiting action by Gov. Rick Snyder.
State Rep. Deb Shaughnessy, R-Charlotte, says she's reacting to an incident in 2008 at Mount Hope Church in Delta Township, west of Lansing. Items were thrown at people, and fire alarms were activated.
The fine for disorderly conduct at a religious service could go as high as $1,000, which is more than the maximum fine for many misdemeanors. A second offense could cost as much as $5,000. A judge could also order at least 100 days of community service.
The legislation won final approval last week in the Michigan Senate.