Maine LD 310: An Act To Prevent Organized Retail Crime

LD 310 (subjects: CRIMES , THEFTS )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=310&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text & Amendments | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Sen. Amy Volk of Cumberland: (R – District 30) — e-mail | Twitter | Facebook

8 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
2/10/2015 Senate Committee on CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY
suggested and ordered printed
On motion by Senator Rosen of Hancock REFERRED to the Committee on CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
2/10/2015 House Bill REFERRED to the Committee on CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY.
In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/14/2015 Senate Report READ and ACCEPTED.

READ ONCE.

Committee Amendment “A” (S-30) READ and ADOPTED.
ASSIGNED FOR SECOND READING NEXT LEGISLATIVE DAY.
4/16/2015 Senate COMMITTEE ON BILLS IN THE SECOND READING REPORTS NO FURTHER VERBAL AMENDMENTS NECESSARY, Senator Saviello, Senate Chair. REPORT ACCEPTED.
READ A SECOND TIME and PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY Committee Amendment “A” (S-30).
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
4/23/2015 House CONSENT CALENDAR – FIRST DAY
4/28/2015 House Committee on Bills in the Second Reading Reports no further verbal amendments necessary Representative McLEAN of Gorham, Chair, House of Representatives Report Accepted.
CONSENT CALENDAR – SECOND DAY.
The Bill was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (S-30).
In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/30/2015 House PASSED TO BE ENACTED.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
5/5/2015 Senate PASSED TO BE ENACTED, in concurrence.

Bill Text & Amendments

Important Note: The bill text below presents L.D. 310 as originally introduced. L.D. 310 was changed by the legislature through amendment. To understand the impact of this legislation in proper context, be sure to read adopted amendment text, available here: C-A (S-30) .

An Act To Prevent Organized Retail Crime

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 17-A MRSA 353, sub- 1, B, as amended by PL 2007, c. 476, 10, is further amended to read:

B. The person violates paragraph A and:

(1) The value of the property is more than $10,000. Violation of this subparagraph is a Class B crime;

(2) The property stolen is a firearm or an explosive device. Violation of this subparagraph is a Class B crime;

(3) The person is armed with a dangerous weapon at the time of the offense. Violation of this subparagraph is a Class B crime;

(4) The value of the property is more than $1,000 but not more than $10,000. Violation of this subparagraph is a Class C crime;

(5) The value of the property is more than $500 but not more than $1,000. Violation of this subparagraph is a Class D crime; or

(6) The person has 2 or more prior convictions for any combination of the Maine offenses listed in this subparagraph or for engaging in substantially similar conduct to that of the Maine offenses listed in this subparagraph in another jurisdiction. The Maine offenses are: theft; any violation of section 401 in which the crime intended to be committed inside the structure is theft; any violation of section 405 in which the crime intended to be committed inside the motor vehicle is theft; any violation of section 651; any violation of section 702, 703 or 708; or attempts to commit any of these crimes. Section 9-A governs the use of prior convictions when determining a sentence. Violation of this subparagraph is a Class C crime; or

Sec. 2. 17-A MRSA 353, sub- 1, C, as enacted by PL 2005, c. 199, 4, is amended to read:

C. The person knowingly operates an audiovisual or audio recording function of any device in a motion picture theater while a motion picture is being exhibited for the purpose of making a copy of the motion picture, without the written consent of the motion picture theater owner. Violation of this paragraph is a Class D crime . ;

Sec. 3. 17-A MRSA 353, sub- 1, D and E are enacted to read:

D. The person acts in concert with one or more persons, including an employee of a retail establishment, to obtain or exercise unauthorized control over property of a retail establishment with the intent to sell the property. Violation of this paragraph is a Class C crime; or
E. The person alters a product code or sales receipt for, affixes a false product code to or presents a false product code or sales receipt for retail merchandise with the intent to obtain or exercise unauthorized control over property of a retail establishment. Violation of this paragraph is a Class C crime.

SUMMARY

This bill makes the following a Class C crime:

1. The theft of retail merchandise by 2 or more people acting in concert, including an employee of a retail establishment; and

2. The altering, affixing or presenting of a false product code or sales receipt in order to obtain or exercise unauthorized control over merchandise from a retail establishment.

Patterns of Support

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Note: Maine Clean Elections Act (MCEA) Qualified candidates only accept a small dollar value of initial contributions early in their campaigns, pledge not to accept further campaign contributions from private sources, and receive public funding for their campaigns. MCEA Non-Qualified candidates choose not to obtain public funding and instead are free to accept campaign contributions from individuals, party committees, political action committees and business sources.


This information about LD 310 was last updated on 2016-05-12.
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