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Chief Sponsor: Eric K. Hutchings

Senate Sponsor: Stephen H. Urquhart

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies the Criminal Code regarding a threat to commit terrorism.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    provides that threatening to commit an act of terrorism with the intent to cause
             13      action by an official or volunteer of any emergency agency is a class B
             14      misdemeanor;
             15          .    does not modify the felony penalties for acts that include intimidating the public,
             16      affecting government conduct, or affecting the use of any building or public carrier;
             17      and
             18          .    modifies the elements of the offense of engaging in conduct that causes action by an
             19      emergency response agency.
             20      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             21          None
             22      Other Special Clauses:
             23          None
             24      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             25      AMENDS:
             26          76-5-107.3, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 334
             28      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             29          Section 1. Section 76-5-107.3 is amended to read:

             30           76-5-107.3. Threat of terrorism -- Penalty.
             31          (1) A person commits a threat of terrorism if the person threatens to commit any
             32      offense involving bodily injury, death, or substantial property damage, and:
             33          (a) (i) threatens the use of a weapon of mass destruction, as defined in Section
             34      76-10-401 ; or
             35          (ii) threatens the use of a hoax weapon of mass destruction, as defined in Section
             36      76-10-401 ; or
             37          (b) acts with intent to:
             38          (i) intimidate or coerce a civilian population or to influence or affect the conduct of a
             39      government or a unit of government;
             40          (ii) prevent or interrupt the occupation of a building or a portion of the building, a
             41      place to which the public has access, or a facility or vehicle of public transportation operated by
             42      a common carrier; or
             43          (iii) cause [action of any nature by] an official or volunteer agency organized to deal
             44      with emergencies to take action due to the person's conduct posing a serious and substantial
             45      risk to the general public.
             46          (2) (a) A violation of Subsection (1)(a) or (1)(b)(i) is a second degree felony.
             47          (b) A violation of Subsection (1)(b)(ii) is a third degree felony.
             48          (c) A violation of Subsection (1)(b)(iii) is a class B misdemeanor.
             49          (3) It is not a defense under this section that the person did not attempt to carry out or
             50      was incapable of carrying out the threat.
             51          (4) A threat under this section may be express or implied.
             52          (5) A person who commits an offense under this section is subject to punishment for
             53      that offense, in addition to any other offense committed, including the carrying out of the
             54      threatened act.
             55          (6) In addition to any other penalty authorized by law, a court shall order any person
             56      convicted of any violation of this section to reimburse any federal, state, or local unit of
             57      government, or any private business, organization, individual, or entity for all expenses and

             58      losses incurred in responding to the violation, unless the court states on the record the reasons
             59      why the reimbursement would be inappropriate.

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