Honorable Pete Gallego, Chair, House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence
John S. O'Brien, Director, Legislative Budget Board
HB2126 by Kent (Relating to the prosecution and punishment of offenses involving graffiti.), As Introduced
The bill would amend the Penal Code to reduce from less than $500 to less than $300 the maximum amount of pecuniary loss caused by a graffiti offense for the offense to be classified as a Class B misdemeanor. It would also change the amount of the minimum pecuniary loss caused by a graffiti offense to be classified as a Class A misdemeanor from more than $500 to more than $300.
A Class B misdemeanor is punishable by a fine not to exceed $2,000, confinement in jail for a term not to exceed 180 days, or both. A Class A misdemeanor is punishable by a fine not to exceed $4,000, confinement in jail for a term not to exceed one year, or both.
Changes in level of pecuniary loss is expected to increase the number of graffiti offenses classified as a Class B or Class A misdemeanor, which could result in some additional prosecutorial costs and jail costs; however, the higher fines that can be imposed under the higher misdemeanor levels would help offset those costs.
No significant fiscal implication to units of local government is anticipated.
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