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New Law Would Extend Listening Rights To Parents

Listen up kids - this is about you.

April 12, 2018 - 6:07 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - Heads-up kids -- a new law may give your mom and dad listening rights. 

Michigan's House want to give parents free reign in listening to their children's conversations.

In a 105-3 vote, lawmakers passed the bill that adds parental exemptions to Michigan's eavesdropping prohibition. But under current Michigan law, snooping on a child's phone could lead to a felony sentencing of up to two years in prison.  

Representative Peter Lucido introduced the bill and has this to say to those who oppose it.

"Here's the pad, here's the pencil, if you don't like the way I drafted the law why don't you go ahead and help me and correct what I did. What you think is wrong or that you need to say you can make it better," says Lucido. 

He says he's heard from critics like the American Civil Liberties Union.

But parental rights are limited, for example, the bill would not allow parents to monitor conversations with the child's attorney or a custody investigator.

Supporters say parents should be allowed to monitor their children's conversations until they turn 18 to best protect them.

The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.