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                                                                  AB 924
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          CONCURRENCE IN SENATE AMENDMENTS
          AB 924 (Bigelow)
          As Amended  July 9, 2013
          Majority vote
           
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          |ASSEMBLY:  |77-0 |(May 30, 2013)  |SENATE: |37-0 |(September 3,  |
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           Original Committee Reference:   PUB. S.  

           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.  

           The Senate amendments  make technical, non-substantive and  
          conforming changes.

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








                                                                  AB 924
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           1)Background  :  According to 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)  
          319-3744 


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