Legislation from state Representative Kim LaSata designed to increase security for courthouse employees has been approved by the Michigan House. She spoke on the House floor Tuesday telling everyone about the fatal courthouse shootings in Berrien County last summer.
“For us in Berrien County, the tragic events at the courthouse still weigh heavy in our hearts,” LaSata said. “However, if we can lead the charge in making courtrooms everywhere safer, then we can at least find some solace in this senseless act,” LaSata said.
LaSata’s plan increases the penalties for assaulting courthouse workers. It raises the maximum sentence from 10 to 15 years in prison, along with a $10,000 fine. LaSata says those who work at courthouses should have extra legal protections. The plan now goes to the state Senate.