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          AB 924 (Bigelow)
          As Amended  April 25, 2013
          Majority vote 

           PUBLIC SAFETY       7-0                                         
          |Ayes:|Ammiano, Melendez,        |     |                          |
          |     |Jones-Sawyer, Mitchell,   |     |                          |
          |     |Quirk, Skinner, Waldron   |     |                          |
          |     |                          |     |                          |
           SUMMARY  :  Specifies a fine of up to $5,000 for grand theft  
          involving livestock and earmarks those funds to the Bureau of  
          Livestock Identification for the purpose of investigating theft  
          of livestock.  Additionally separates livestock from automobiles  
          in the grand theft section.  

           EXISTING LAW :  

          1)Defines "grand theft" as any theft where the money, labor, or  
            real or personal property taken or when the property is taken  
            from the person of another is of a value exceeding $950.  

          2)Provides that grand theft is committed when the money, labor,  
            or real or personal property taken is of a value in excess of  
            $950, except as specified.  

           FISCAL EFFECT  :   Unknown.  This bill is keyed non-fiscal by the  
          Legislative Counsel.

           COMMENTS  :  According to the author, "The financial loss from  
          animal theft can impact a family ranching operation tremendously  
          and can mean the difference in ending up in the red or in the  
          black on any given year. There has been a 60% increase in the  
          value of beef cattle over the last few years, and as a result we  
          have also seen an increase in theft. In 2012, the Bureau of  
          Livestock Identification reported that 1,110 head of cattle were  
          stolen a value of nearly $1 million. AB 924 would give  
          prosecutors the tools they need to effectively administer the  


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          law and appropriately convict persons found guilty of livestock  
          theft. "

           1)Background  :  According to the background provided by the  
            author, "Existing law, particularly with the effects of  
            realignment, is not adequate to properly deter livestock theft  
            and lacks specific provisions for prosecutors to use at their  
            discretion to enhance penalties. With the implementation of  
            Realignment, too many offenders including repeat offenders are  
            being convicted but receive no jail time at all. Instead,  
            almost all receive probation or nothing at all. The increasing  
            value of livestock has resulted in an exponential increase in  
            theft that has caused severe economic damage to the livelihood  
            of many ranchers throughout California. Livestock theft  
            negatively impacts a ranchers' bottom line and their ability  
            to care for their family and business."

           2)Specifies a $5,000 Fine for Grand Theft of Livestock and  
            Earmarks the Proceeds  :  This bill seeks to specify a criminal  
            fine of no more than $5,000 for grand theft of specified  
            livestock.  This up to $5,000 fine is further earmarked to the  
            Bureau of Livestock Identification for the purpose of  
            investigating theft of livestock.  The specification of this  
            fine takes funds from any default fine which would have been  
            imposed on offenders convicted of grand theft of livestock  
            from the General Fund of the State of California.   
          Please see the policy committee analysis for a full discussion  
          of this bill.

          Analysis Prepared by  :    Gabriel Caswell / PUB. S. / (916)  



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