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HB 67: Crimes and offenses; entering a motor vehicle with the intent to commit a theft or felony; provide for increased punishment

Voted on Friday March 3, 2017

John Pezold's thoughts

HB 67 adds a new tier relating to the theft of a motor vehicle by adding hijacking a motor vehicle in the second degree. A Person commits the offense of hijacking a motor vehicle in the second degree when the offender steals a motor vehicle in the presence of the victim without using force. The punish is in line with burglary where the punishment for the first offense of hijacking in the second degree is imprisonment of not less than one and no more than 20 years with a fine not to exceed $5,000. For the second offense, the punishment is imprisonment of not less than three years and no more than 20 years with up to a $5000 fine. For the third or subsequent offense, the punishment is imprisonment for not less than five years and no more than 20 years with a fine not more than $5000.

I voted NO on the legislation because I don't believe adding a new classification of crime is going to deter or reduce the number of motor vehicle thefts and I do not believe in mandatory minimum sentencing.

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Nay
John Pezold's Vote

Vote Totals

The table below breaks down the total number of votes, and marks the majority vote.

Voted Total % Majority Vote?
Yea 151 83.9% Majority Vote
Nay 18 10%
Did not vote 4 2.2%
Excused 7 3.9%