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2002 SESSION

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HB 1120 Terrorism.

Introduced by: David B. Albo | all patrons    ...    notes | add to my profiles

SUMMARY AS PASSED: (all summaries)

Terrorism. Broadens Virginia's capabilities to respond to terrorism. The bill defines "act of terrorism" and "weapon of terrorism" and punishes committing, aiding and abetting terrorism, manufacture and possession of terrorist and hoax devices, acts of bioterrorism against agricultural crops or animals and making terrorist threats. The bill makes murder in the furtherance of terrorism a capital crime. The bill defines "radiological agent" and provides that the possession, with the intent to injure another, of an infectious biological substance or radiological agent capable of causing death or serious bodily injury is a Class 5 felony. A person who manufactures, sells, gives, distributes or uses an infectious biological substance or radiological agent with the intent to injure another is guilty of a Class 4 felony.

The bill adds search and rescue and emergency medical services personnel to the section that provides enhanced penalties for malicious bodily injury to law-enforcement officers and firefighters. The bill allows the Attorney General to prosecute money laundering with the concurrence of the attorney for the Commonwealth of the locality.

The bill expands wiretap capabilities in response to terrorist activity and restricts admission to bail of a person charged with a terroristic crime. The bill also expands seizure and forfeiture law to include property associated with terrorism. The bill allows localities to be reimbursed for emergency response costs for terrorism hoaxes. This bill is identical to SB 514.


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