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SB 0400 - Forestry/Fire; enforcement of laws; punishment of certain violations; forestry investigators; provide for qualifications/powers

Tracking Level: Passed
Sponsor: Tolleson,Ross 20th
Last Action: 5/12/2008 - Senate Date Signed by Governor
Senate Committee: NR&E
House Committee: A&CA
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Staff Analysis of the Legislation

This bill provides for enforcement of laws related to forestry and fire. Investigators who have been so appointed and who have been certified by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council enforce laws related to forestry and fire. If any person charged by citation shall fail to appear in court as specified in the citation, the judge having jurisdiction of the offense may issue a warrant ordering the apprehension of such person and commanding that he or she be brought before the court to answer the charge contained within such citation and the charge of his or her failure to appear as required. Such person shall then be allowed to make a reasonable bond to appear on a given date before the court. Any person who, with intent to damage, start, cause, or procure another to start or cause a fire in any lands that are not one’s own and without the permission of the owner or lessee having control of such property shall be guilty of arson of lands in the third degree. Any person whose violation of this law results in a fire that burns more than five acres shall be guilty of arson of lands in the second degree. If the violation occurred under such circumstances that human life might be endangered, the person would be guilty of arson of land in the first degree.

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