Bill Summary for H 552 (2015-2016)

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Apr 2 2015

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View NCGA Bill Details2015-2016 Session
House Bill 552 (Public) Filed Thursday, April 2, 2015
Intro. by McGrady, Glazier, B. Brown, J. Bell.

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Enacts new GS 14-127.1 to make it illegal to engage in graffiti vandalism, which is defined as unlawfully writing or scribbling on, marking, painting, defacing, or besmearing the walls of (1) any real property, whether public or private, including cemetery tombstones and monuments; (2) any public building or facility; or (3) any statue or monument situated in any public place, by any type of pen, paint, or marker regardless of whether the pen or marker contains permanent ink, paint, or spray paint. Violations are a Class 1 misdemeanor with a minimum fine of $500 and a requirement to perform 24 hours of community service. Increases the penalty to a Class I felony if: (1) the cost to repair damage caused by the violation is in excess of $1,000 or (2) the person has two or more prior convictions for violation of this statute. Provides for the consolidation of five or more violations occurring within 60 days in a single session of district court or in a single week of superior court.

Makes conforming changes to GS 14-132(d).

Applies to offenses committed on or after December 1, 2015.