Tuesday, March 29, 2005

HB 213 Ecoterrorism

H.B. 213, P.N. 1072 (GODSHALL). This bill would amend Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) and Title 42 (Judicial Procedure).
The crime of ecoterrorism would be created. Ecoterrorism would involve the intimidation, coercion, or threat thereof against an activity involving animals or natural resources, or the prevention of the lawful use of such an animal or natural resource facility. A summary or misdemeanor offense of this law would be graded one degree higher. A first degree felony offense of this law could result in imprisonment of 40 years or less and a fine of $100,000 or less in addition to being required to pay restitution up to triple the amount of damages caused. A victim of ecoterrorism would be able to receive appropriate civil action relief, including injunctions, restraining orders, and being awarded triple damages.


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