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5-year statute of limitations for campaign finance violations headed to Snyder’s desk

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Lester Graham
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Michigan Radio
Democrats are trying to push a campaign finance reform measure in the State House.

Governor Rick Snyder will decide whether to set the statute of limitations for campaign finance crimes at five years. That would mean that prosecutors must file charges against someone who violates the Campaign Finance Act within five years of the crime.

Opponents say that’s not long enough – and lawmakers shouldn’t put a time frame on a crime specific to their profession.

But Republican Representative Aaron Miller disagrees.

“I think it provides more than adequate time to stage, or, well, to refer charges to an attorney general in this case and for their an investigation to be charged criminally,” Miller said.

Miller says this puts the statute of limitations in line with how long the secretary of state’s office keeps records.

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County. Eventually, Cheyna took her investigative and interview skills and moved on to journalism. She got her masters at Michigan State University and was a documentary filmmaker, podcaster, and freelance writer before finding her home with NPR. Very soon after joining MPRN, Cheyna started covering the 2016 presidential election, chasing after Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and all their surrogates as they duked it out for Michigan. Cheyna also focuses on the Legislature and criminal justice issues for MPRN. Cheyna is obsessively curious, a passionate storyteller, and an occasional backpacker. Follow her on Twitter at @Cheyna_R