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H.B. 199






Sponsor: Carol Spackman Moss

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill creates the offense of interfering with the peaceful activities of a school for
             10      kindergarten through 12th grade.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    defines a school as a public or private K-12 school;
             14          .    creates the offense of disrupting school activities by conduct at or near the school
             15      and not leaving when requested by the school administrator; and
             16          .    provides for a class B penalty for the first and second offense, and a class A penalty
             17      for any subsequent offenses.
             18      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             19          None
             20      Other Special Clauses:
             21          None
             22      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             23      ENACTS:
             24          76-8-1401, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             25          76-8-1402, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             27      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:

             28          Section 1. Section 76-8-1401 is enacted to read:
Part 14. Disruption of School Activities

             30          76-8-1401. Definitions.
             31          As used in this part:
             32          (1) "Chief administrator" means the principal of a school or the chief administrator of a
             33      school that does not have a principal, and includes the administrator's designee or
             34      representative.
             35          (2) "School" means an elementary school or a secondary school that:
             36          (a) is a public or private school; and
             37          (b) provides instruction for one or more of the grades kindergarten through 12.
             38          Section 2. Section 76-8-1402 is enacted to read:
             39          76-8-1402. Disruption of activities in or near school building -- Failure to leave --
             40      Reentry -- Penalties.
             41          (1) A person is guilty of an offense under Subsection (2):
             42          (a) who comes into any school building or upon any school ground, or street, sidewalk,
             43      or public way adjacent to any school building or ground;
             44          (b) whose presence or acts interfere with the peaceful conduct of the activities of any
             45      school or disrupt the school or its pupils or school activities; and
             46          (c) who:
             47          (i) remains upon the place under Subsection (1)(a) after being asked to leave by the
             48      chief administrator of that school; or
             49          (ii) enters again upon the place under Subsection (1)(a) within 72 hours after having
             50      been asked to leave under Subsection (1)(c)(i).
             51          (2) (a) A violation of Subsection (1) is subject to the penalties under Subsection (2)(b)
             52      unless the violation constitutes another offense subject to a greater penalty.
             53          (b) (i) The first and second violation of Subsection (1) are class B misdemeanors.
             54          (ii) A third and any subsequent violations of Subsection (1) are class A misdemeanors.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 10-1-03 9:41 AM

A limited legal review of this legislation raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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