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Gov. Snyder signs several new laws Thursday

Dec 27th, 2013 - State News

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has signed laws making it a crime to attach high-tech "skimmer" devices to ATMs to record information off debit cards.

The gadgets record information off ATM cards and capture PIN numbers used to make transactions. Snyder says "skimming" from ATMs is a growing problem.

Snyder also announced Thursday that he has signed legislation targeting solicitation of people involved in vehicle crashes and extending a program that lets repeat drunken drivers get a restricted driver's license by installing a breath alcohol ignition device on their car.

Access to accident reports is prohibited for 30 days if lawyers or others want to offer injured victims their services.

Snyder says he's also signed a law prohibiting law enforcement officials from helping federal authorities indefinitely detain American citizens without charges.

Governor Rick Snyder also signed laws establishing the Michigan Capitol as a state historic site and creating a commission to ensure the building is maintained.

The governor said Thursday that the laws give the 135-year-old building the protection it deserves. It's one of fewer than 2,500 National Historic Landmarks.

Lawmakers, however, have not yet designated an ongoing funding source for Capitol maintenance projects.

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