Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Conferees back off the 20-year shoplifting language

Yesterday, I posted about the conference report for SB 2430, which created unbelievable 20-year sentences for what is currently misdemeanor shoplifting.  The message about this terrible language made it to the Senate yesterday, who sent the bill back to conference.

The conferees (this time including Sen. Hob Bryan) all agreed to strip the new language from the conference report.  The second conference report is here.

Civil libertarian concerns aside (why should the state get to take and store someone's DNA without a search warrant, just because they've been charged with a crime of violence?), I don't see the new conference report having any trouble passing both chambers now.

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