Bill Text - HB394 (2019)

Relative to crop theft.


Revision: Dec. 3, 2019, 1:27 p.m.

CHAPTER 167

HB 394-FN - FINAL VERSION

 

19Mar2019... 0879h

2019 SESSION

19-0393

08/04

 

HOUSE BILL 394-FN

 

AN ACT relative to crop theft.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. O'Connor, Rock. 6; Rep. Comtois, Belk. 7; Rep. Turcotte, Merr. 22; Rep. Aron, Sull. 7

 

COMMITTEE: Environment and Agriculture

 

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AMENDED ANALYSIS

 

This bill:

 

I.  Changes the criminal intent for the crime of crop theft.

 

II.  Expands the definition of crop theft.

 

III.  Raises the compensatory amount that must be paid to the victim.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

19Mar2019... 0879h 19-0393

08/04

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen

 

AN ACT relative to crop theft.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

167:1  Crop Theft; Agricultural Vandalism.  Amend RSA 539:9, I to read as follows:

I.  Whoever shall [knowingly] recklessly cut, fell, destroy, injure, damage, cause to be damaged, carry away, consume, tamper with, worry, or vandalize any legal crop or legal crop bearing tree or plant, Christmas tree, cropland, pasture or pasture land, livestock or other farm raised animals, as defined in RSA 21:34-a, and all farm buildings, enclosures, structures, or equipment used in the care and production of crops, livestock or other farm raised animals, or aid in such action without permission of the owner, shall forfeit to the person injured a minimum of $500 or up to 10 times the market value or repair cost, whichever amount is higher.

167:2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect January 1, 2020.

 

Approved: July 10, 2019

Effective Date: January 01, 2020

 

 

CHAPTER 167

HB 394-FN - FINAL VERSION

 

19Mar2019... 0879h

2019 SESSION

19-0393

08/04

 

HOUSE BILL 394-FN

 

AN ACT relative to crop theft.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. O'Connor, Rock. 6; Rep. Comtois, Belk. 7; Rep. Turcotte, Merr. 22; Rep. Aron, Sull. 7

 

COMMITTEE: Environment and Agriculture

 

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AMENDED ANALYSIS

 

This bill:

 

I.  Changes the criminal intent for the crime of crop theft.

 

II.  Expands the definition of crop theft.

 

III.  Raises the compensatory amount that must be paid to the victim.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

19Mar2019... 0879h 19-0393

08/04

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen

 

AN ACT relative to crop theft.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

167:1  Crop Theft; Agricultural Vandalism.  Amend RSA 539:9, I to read as follows:

I.  Whoever shall [knowingly] recklessly cut, fell, destroy, injure, damage, cause to be damaged, carry away, consume, tamper with, worry, or vandalize any legal crop or legal crop bearing tree or plant, Christmas tree, cropland, pasture or pasture land, livestock or other farm raised animals, as defined in RSA 21:34-a, and all farm buildings, enclosures, structures, or equipment used in the care and production of crops, livestock or other farm raised animals, or aid in such action without permission of the owner, shall forfeit to the person injured a minimum of $500 or up to 10 times the market value or repair cost, whichever amount is higher.

167:2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect January 1, 2020.

 

Approved: July 10, 2019

Effective Date: January 01, 2020