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H.B. 27





Chief Sponsor: Eric K. Hutchings

Senate Sponsor: Stephen H. Urquhart

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

             28          Section 1. Section 76-5-107.3 is amended to read:
             29           76-5-107.3. Threat of terrorism -- Penalty.
             30          (1) A person commits a threat of terrorism if the person threatens to commit any
             31      offense involving bodily injury, death, or substantial property damage, and:
             32          (a) (i) threatens the use of a weapon of mass destruction, as defined in Section
             33      76-10-401 ; or
             34          (ii) threatens the use of a hoax weapon of mass destruction, as defined in Section
             35      76-10-401 ; or
             36          (b) acts with intent to:
             37          (i) intimidate or coerce a civilian population or to influence or affect the conduct of a
             38      government or a unit of government;
             39          (ii) prevent or interrupt the occupation of a building or a portion of the building, a
             40      place to which the public has access, or a facility or vehicle of public transportation operated by
             41      a common carrier; or
             42          (iii) cause action of any nature by an official or volunteer agency organized to deal with
             43      emergencies.
             44          (2) (a) A violation of Subsection (1)(a) or (1)(b)(i) is a second degree felony.
             45          (b) A violation of Subsection (1)(b)(ii) is a third degree felony.
             46          (c) A violation of Subsection (1)(b)(iii) is a class B misdemeanor.
             47          (3) It is not a defense under this section that the person did not attempt to carry out or
             48      was incapable of carrying out the threat.
             49          (4) A threat under this section may be express or implied.
             50          (5) A person who commits an offense under this section is subject to punishment for
             51      that offense, in addition to any other offense committed, including the carrying out of the
             52      threatened act.
             53          (6) In addition to any other penalty authorized by law, a court shall order any person
             54      convicted of any violation of this section to reimburse any federal, state, or local unit of
             55      government, or any private business, organization, individual, or entity for all expenses and
             56      losses incurred in responding to the violation, unless the court states on the record the reasons
             57      why the reimbursement would be inappropriate.

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    as of 9-18-12 3:35 PM

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