PA 312 Restores To Corrections Officers Rights

On Thursday, June 24, 2021, the Michigan House of Representatives passed House Bill 4725 sponsored by Rep. Bob Bezotte, which restores PA 312 rights to county corrections officers in Michigan. POAM has worked tirelessly on this legislation to ensure our corrections officers have the same PA 312 protections as other sheriff deputies.

Representatives from POAM testified in support of this bill in committee early this spring. The bill received overwhelming support from the Michigan House with a vote of 97-10. The legislation now moves to the Michigan Senate where POAM will continue to advocate for its passage.

POAM would also like to thank Representative Kelly Breen (D-Novi) for her diligent work on this legislation. Rep. Breen has introduced a similar bill, HB 4639, and has been a tireless advocate for Michigan’s law enforcement and corrections officers. POAM is extremely grateful for her work and efforts on behalf of our membership.

Kenneth E. Grabowski, POAM Legislative Director

About State Rep. Kelly Breen

Michigan State Representative Kelly Breen | HB 4725 Passes | Corrections Officers RightsState Rep. Kelly Breen is serving her first term representing the 38th House District, which encompasses the cities of Novi, Walled Lake, South Lyon, and part of Northville. Breen is a lifelong Michigander born in Northville. She has served many roles including an attorney, activist, former Novi City Council Member, and proud mother of two.

Breen earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University James Madison School and a J.D. from Wayne State University Law School.

Breen’s advocacy was fostered when she joined her neighbors to push back against an irresponsible local development project. That first taste of neighborhood activism led her to focus her time on supporting her community. Breen’s advocacy and determination led her to her first elected office to the Novi City Council in 2017.

She is committed to collaborate and serve the true intent of public service—working to make each other’s lives better.

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