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SB14-176: Criminal Penalties For Chop Shops

Criminal Justice
Bill Number: SB14-176
Year: 2014
ACLU Position: Oppose
Sponsors: Court, Murray/Johnston

Description:

The bill defines a chop shop as any building, lot, facility, or other structure or premise where:
• Any person or persons possess, receive, store, disassemble, or alter, including the alteration or concealment of any identifying feature or number, an unlawfully obtained motor vehicle or major component motor vehicle part for the purpose of using, selling, or disposing of the motor vehicle or major component motor vehicle part; or
• Two or more unlawfully obtained motor vehicles are present for the purpose of alteration, sale, or disposal; or
• Six or more unlawfully obtained major component motor vehicle parts from 2 or more motor vehicles are present for the purpose of alteration, sale, or disposal.

A person commits a class 4 felony if he or she knowingly owns or operates a chop shop, knowing that it is a chop shop, or conspires with another person to own, operate, or conduct a chop shop, knowing that it is a chop shop.

A person commits a class 5 felony if he or she knowingly:
• Transports an unlawfully obtained motor vehicle or major component motor vehicle part to or from a chop shop, knowing that it is a chop shop; or
• Sells or transfers to, or purchases or receives from, a chop shop, knowing that it is a chop shop, an unlawfully obtained motor vehicle or major component motor vehicle part.

A person commits altering or removing a vehicle identification number if, except as necessary to effect legitimate repairs, he or she knowingly:
• Removes, changes, alters, counterfeits, defaces, destroys, disguises, falsifies, forges, or obliterates the vehicle identification number, manufacturer’s number, or engine number of a motor vehicle or major component motor vehicle part; or
• Possesses, purchases, disposes of, sells, or transfers a motor vehicle or a major component motor vehicle part that contains a removed, changed, altered, counterfeited, defaced, destroyed, disguised, falsified, forged, or obliterated vehicle identification number, manufacturer’s number, or engine number.

Altering or removing a vehicle identification number is a class 5 felony.


Current Status:

05/05/2014 - House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/03/2014 - House Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
04/29/2014 - House Committee on Judiciary Refer Unamended to Appropriations
04/22/2014 - Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
04/14/2014 - Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Unamended to Appropriations
03/31/2014 - Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary



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