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SB-1080 Memorials.(2015-2016)

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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2015–2016 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 1080


Introduced by Senators Morrell and Berryhill

February 17, 2016


An act to add Section 594.38 to the Penal Code, relating to memorials.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 1080, as introduced, Morrell. Memorials.
Existing law makes it a crime for a person to destroy, cut, mutilate, deface, or otherwise injure, tear down, or remove any tomb, monument, memorial, or marker in a cemetery. Existing law also makes it a crime to knowingly buy or receive any property that has been stolen or that has been obtained in any manner constituting theft or extortion.
This bill would make a it a crime to receive a grave marker or other structure designed to commemorate the grave a veteran, peace officer, firefighter, or other first responder that the person knows, or reasonably should know, is stolen. The bill would also specifically make it a crime to damage, deface, destroy, mutilate, or remove, among other things, an American flag or veteran’s grave marker from the grave of a veteran, peace officer, firefighter, or other first responder. The bill would also make it a crime to damage, deface, destroy, mutilate, or remove any object or structure set to memorialize a veteran, peace officer, firefighter, or other first responder.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YES  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 594.38 is added to the Penal Code, to read:

594.38.
 A person is guilty of a crime and punishable by imprisonment pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section 1170 or by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year, or by a fine of not more than five thousand dollars ($5,000), or by both that fine and imprisonment, who maliciously does any of the following:
(a) Receives, retains, or disposes of a grave marker or other structure designed to commemorate the grave of a veteran, peace officer, as defined in Chapter 4.5 (commencing with Section 830) of Title 3 of Part 2 of the Penal Code, firefighter, as defined in Section 3251 of the Government Code, or other first responder, which the person knows or should reasonably know to be stolen, unless the intent is to return the stolen marker to a cemetery, a member of law enforcement, a member of the Department of Veterans Affairs or a nonprofit veterans’ services group, a veteran’s agent of a town or court, or to a person who disposes of veterans’ grave marker or other structures or things in a like manner.
(b) Damages, defaces, destroys, mutilates, or removes an American flag, veteran’s grave marker, metal plaque, veteran’s commemorative flag holder, or commemorative flag holder representing service in both the police and fire department, from the grave of a veteran, peace officer, as defined in Chapter 4.5 (commencing with Section 830) of Title 3 of Part 2 of the Penal Code, firefighter, as defined in Section 3251 of the Government code, or other first responder.
(c) Damages, defaces, destroys, mutilates, or removes any object or structure set to memorialize a veteran, peace officer, as defined in Chapter 4.5 (commencing with Section 830) of Title 3 of Part 2 of the Penal Code, firefighter, as defined in Section 3251 of the Government Code, or other first responder.

SEC. 2.

 No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.