OLR Bill Analysis

sHB 5263

AN ACT INCREASING THE PENALTY FOR POACHING.

SUMMARY:

By law, a person who enters or remains in any premises to hunt, trap, or fish, although the person knows he or she is not licensed or privileged to do so, is guilty of 3rd degree criminal trespass.

This bill increases the penalty for this offense, making it a Class B misdemeanor punishable by up to six months imprisonment, a fine of between $ 500 and $ 1,000, or both. Under current law, it is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by up to three months imprisonment, up to a $ 500 fine, or both.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2012

COMMITTEE ACTION

Environment Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

29

Nay

0

(03/23/2012)