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AB-1859 Theft: fire hydrant parts.(2007-2008)



SECTION 1.

 Section 496e is added to the Penal Code, to read:

496e.
 Any person who buys or receives, for purposes of salvage, any part of a fire hydrant or fire department connection, including, but not limited to, bronze or brass fittings and parts, that has been stolen or obtained in any manner constituting theft or extortion, knowing the property to be so stolen or obtained, shall, in addition to any other penalty provided by law, be subject to a criminal fine of not more than three thousand dollars ($3,000).
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.
SEC. 3.
 This act is an urgency statute necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety within the meaning of Article IV of the Constitution and shall go into immediate effect. The facts constituting the necessity are:
In order to discourage the theft of parts of fire hydrants and fire department connections, so that they are operative and immediately available to fire personnel to protect life and property from fires, it is necessary that this act take effect immediately.