April 26, 2012

Bill addressing attacks on farms moves forward

Assemblyman David Valadao’s (R-Hanford) measure, AB 2177, to tighten criminal penalties for those committing certain types of violence at livestock facilities was unanimously approved out of the Assembly Committee on Public Safety on Tuesday.
Specifically, AB 2177 adds livestock facilities to the list of places where it is a felony to ignite a destructive device or commit arson with the intent to terrorize. A prison term of up to seven years could result from engaging in such action, and the felony charge could be combined with other charges to include penalties of up to 10 years or life in prison, according to the California Cattlemen’s Association, a key advocate for the bill.
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