SB 721 Modifies the crime of animal trespass
Sponsor: Romine
LR Number: 4168S.01I Fiscal Notes
Committee: Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence
Last Action: 2/16/2016 - Voted Do Pass S Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee Journal Page:
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Effective Date: August 28, 2016

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SB 721 - Currently, the crime of animal trespass is defined as a person having ownership of an animal who fails to provide adequate control of the animal for a period of 12 hours or more.

Under this act, a person commits the offense of animal or livestock trespass by either failing to provide adequate control of any animal except livestock when the animal trespasses on another person's property or failing to provide adequate control of livestock for a period of 12 hours or more when the animal trespasses on another person's property.

In addition, this act removes the maximum fines that may be charged for animal or livestock trespass, which potentially conflict with another provision of law setting the maximum fines for infractions and Class C misdemeanors. This act repeals a provision stating that reasonable costs for the care and maintenance of trespassing animals may not be waived.

These provisions are identical to HCS/SS/SCS/SB 663 (2016), HB 1730 (2016), HCS/SCS/SB 804 (2016), and SS/SCS/SBs 112, 212, 143, & 234 (2015).

MEGHAN LUECKE