LANSING, Mich. (WXYZ) - Two bills were discussed in Lansing today aimed at creating a state law against pointing lasers at aircraft.
A federal law against the crime already exists, but lawmakers are now pushing for a new state law. State Rep. Laura Cox, from Livonia, and State Rep. Tom Barrett of Potterville, introduced a package of bills in January. House Bill 4063 would prohibit people from pointing lasers at aircraft and House Bill 4064 outlines sentencing guidelines that would make the offense a felony under state law. Over the past 12 months, Michigan State Police have reported several pilots have been targeted by lasers while flying over Michigan. "This is a public safety issue," said Rep. Cox. "A laser pointer beam width at altitude is much larger and can completely blind the pilot in the cockpit." A State House hearing on the bills started at 9 a.m. "Laser pointers pose a very real risk to pilots and passengers," said Rep. Barrett. "It's important we put a stop to this before anyone gets hurt."