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2020 Senate Bill 1046: Let low level theft and vandalism perpetrators go with just a ticket
Introduced by Sen. Roger Victory (R) on July 23, 2020
To revise a law that lets police issue an “appearance ticket” and release an offender for certain low level offenses (as is done with traffic tickets), rather than detaining and “booking” the individual. Under the bill police would not be permitted to detain and book a suspect for illegal drug use crimes, for misdemeanors or ordinance violations subject to fines or not more than 93 days in jail, or offenses that involve property theft or property damage. This would not apply if the person refuses to follow an officer's reasonable instructions, will not offer satisfactory evidence of identification, or if it appears likely individual would continue or resume committing the crime(s).   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee on July 23, 2020
Reported in the Senate on October 6, 2020
With the recommendation that the substitute (S-3) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
To revise a law that lets police issue an “appearance ticket” and release an offender for certain low level offenses (as is done with traffic tickets), rather than detaining and “booking” the individual. Under the bill police would not be permitted to detain and book a suspect for a misdemeanor or ordinance violation, not including domestic violence. This would not apply if the person refuses to follow an officer's reasonable instructions, will not offer satisfactory evidence of identification, or if it appears likely individual would continue or resume committing the crime(s). An officer would have to report the specific reason, however.
Received in the House on December 8, 2020
Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on December 8, 2020
Reported in the House on December 17, 2020
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Received in the Senate on December 18, 2020
To concur with the House-passed version of the bill.

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