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HB 0094 - Crimes and offenses; provide for the crime of theft by possession of stolen mail; provide for the crime of porch piracy

Tracking Level: Monitor
Sponsor: Bonnie Rich
Last Action: 7/1/2021 - Effective Date
House Committee: Judiciary - Non-Civil
Senate Committee: Judiciary
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Staff Analysis of the Legislation

HB 94 creates a felony crime of "theft by possession of stolen mail”, which is punishable by one to five years in prison or a misdemeanor at the discretion of the trial judge. A person is guilty of the offense if he or she possesses stolen mail addressed to three or more different addresses, and possesses a minimum of ten separate pieces of stolen mail. Each set of ten separate pieces of stolen mail, addressed to three or more different mailboxes or addresses, constitutes a separate and distinct crime. 

The bill also creates the felony crime of "porch piracy," which is punishable by one to five years in prison or a misdemeanor at the discretion of the trial judge. A person is guilty of the crime if he or she takes or removes three or more envelopes, bags, packages, or other related items of another person from that person's porch, steps, or immediate entranceway without permission from at least three different addresses. 

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