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                                                                  AB 1848
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          Date of Hearing:   April 14, 2010

                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
                                Felipe Fuentes, Chair

                   AB 1848 (Garrick) - As Amended:  March 17, 2010 

          Policy Committee:                              Public  
          SafetyVote:  7-0

          Urgency:     No                   State Mandated Local Program:  
          Yes    Reimbursable:              No

           SUMMARY  

          This bill makes it a misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months  
          in county jail and/or a fine of up to $10,000, to possess a  
          device designed to bypass the factory-installed ignition of a  
          motorcycle, or to possess specified tools, such as bolt cutters,  
          with the intent to unlawfully take a motorcycle.  

           FISCAL EFFECT  

          Unknown, potentially moderate nonreimbursable local  
          incarceration costs, offset to a degree by increased fine  
          revenue. 

           COMMENTS  

           Rationale  . Current law makes possession of various implements,  
          with the intent to enter into any building, vessel, or vehicle,  
          a misdemeanor. When a motorcycle is stolen, however, the  
          perpetrator does not enter a vehicle. Thus a person can possess  
          the tools needed to steal a motorcycle with the intent to steal  
          and avoid prosecution. This bill creates a parallel misdemeanor  
          offense to possess specified tools with the intent to unlawfully  
          take a motorcycle.



           Analysis Prepared by  :    Geoff Long / APPR. / (916) 319-2081