allowing trespassing, theft,
Background: HB 2002 began as a broad set of reforms of Measure 11, which didn't have the support to pass. Then, on April 30, an entirely new set of previously-unheard provisions were proposed as amendments the only policy hearing occurred less than a few hours after that, shutting the public out of the process!
The new provisions of the bill span 45 pages and include a lot of program funding and other provisions that will be discussed in the budget committee. But there are some very concerning provisions that will not have any further hearings:
Prevents the arrest of a person for Second-Degree Criminal Trespass (example: entering your home property or car and refusing to leave), Third-Degree Theft (example: stealing less than $100 from you), and a number of other crimes. Instead, the legislation instructs the officer to "persuade the person to discontinue the conduct" before issuing a citation. (Section 8) Even if an officer attempts to issue a citation, HB 3164 already severely limited the ability of officers to issue citations, so it would depend in large part on the offender not simply walking away.
Prevents officers from pulling over a vehicle with faulty headlights or taillights. (Section 10)
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