ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) -- Logan's Law, a package of bills geared towards keeping pets out of the homes of animal abusers, could be voted on this week in Michigan's House of Representatives.
Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, told WZZM 13 this is the latest and more economical version of bills to hit the Senate and House floors since its inception in 2012.
"What they wanted was an offender registry for animal abusers, just like a sex offender registry," Jones said. "However, that was never able to pass because it was simply too expensive."
If passed, the law would mandate all convicted animal abusers a waiting period of five-years before they could adopt again. It would also require nonprofit adoption agencies to run criminal background checks free of charge.
For not-for-profit organizations like Hearts of Hope Dog Rescue access to Michigan's criminal history database is available for a fee of $10, but Logan's Law would waive the fee and ensure a more thorough investigation into parties looking to adopt an animal.
"They want to make sure they are not adopting out to an abuser that's just going to create another victim," Jones said.