Theft of catalytic converters

The Senate Corrections and Criminal Law Committee heard SB 167, authored by Sen. Sandlin regarding theft of catalytic converters.  The bill provides the theft of a component part of a motor vehicle, including a catalytic converter, is a Level 6 felony. Expands … [Read more...]

Criminal law issues

S.E.A. 335, P.L. 142 Effective: July 1, 2020 [relevant sections] Provides that, if certain criminal penalties are increased (or, in the case of an infraction, imposed) due to a prior conviction or infraction committed by a defendant, the new offense must have been … [Read more...]


H.E.A. 1022, P.L. 151 Effective: July 1, 2020 Provides that a person who panhandles within 50 feet of: (1) the entrance or exit to a bank, business, or restaurant; (2) the location where a financial transaction occurs; or (3) a public monument; commits the offense … [Read more...]

Natural resources

H.E.A. 1385, P.L. 164 Effective: 1-54, 60, 62-63 January 1, 2021; 55-59, 61, 64, 65 July 1, 2020 In part: Provides that a watercraft is not a vehicle for purposes of mechanic's liens for vehicles. Provides that a person that fails to carry a certificate of … [Read more...]

Distracted driving

H.E.A. 1070, P.L. 100 Effective: July 1, 2020 Provides that, except in certain circumstances, a person may not hold or use a telecommunications device while operating a moving motor vehicle. Removes prohibitions on typing, transmitting, or reading a text message or … [Read more...]

Failure to yield to emergency vehicles

The Senate Committee on Corrections and Criminal Law heard HB 1225 concerning failure to yield to emergency vehicles sponsored by Sens. Messmer and Becker.  The bill provides for a Level 6 felony when a person fails to yield to an emergency vehicle and causes serious … [Read more...]