Substitute House Bill No. 5749
          Substitute House Bill No. 5749

               PUBLIC ACT NO. 98-55


AN ACT CONCERNING HOAX BOMBS.


    Be it enacted  by  the  Senate  and  House  of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Section 53a-181 of  the  general  statutes  is
repealed and the  following is substituted in lieu
thereof:
    (a) A person  is guilty of breach of the peace
when,   with  intent   to   cause   inconvenience,
annoyance or alarm,  or recklessly creating a risk
thereof,  he:  (1)   Engages  in  fighting  or  in
violent, tumultuous or  threatening  behavior in a
public place; or  (2) assaults or strikes another;
or  (3) threatens  to  commit  any  crime  against
another person or  his  property;  or (4) publicly
exhibits, distributes, posts  up or advertises any
offensive, indecent or  abusive  matter concerning
any person; or (5) in a public place, uses abusive
or obscene language  or  makes an obscene gesture;
or  (6)  creates   a   public   and  hazardous  or
physically offensive condition by any act which he
is not licensed or privileged to do; OR (7) PLACES
A  NONFUNCTIONAL  IMITATION  OF  AN  EXPLOSIVE  OR
INCENDIARY DEVICE IN  A PUBLIC PLACE. FOR PURPOSES
OF THIS SECTION,  "PUBLIC  PLACE"  MEANS  ANY AREA
THAT IS USED  OR  HELD  OUT  FOR USE BY THE PUBLIC
WHETHER OWNED OR  OPERATED  BY  PUBLIC  OR PRIVATE
INTERESTS.
    (b)  Breach  of   the   peace  is  a  class  B
misdemeanor, EXCEPT THAT  VIOLATION OF SUBDIVISION
(7) OF SUBSECTION (a) OF THIS SECTION IS A CLASS A
MISDEMEANOR.

Approved May 19, 1998