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HB 169/CI/LM (BR 227) - R. Benvenuti III, J. Blanton, K. King, J. Miller, C. Morgan

     AN ACT relating to gang violence prevention and declaring an emergency.
     Create a new section of KRS Chapter 506 to define "criminal gang" and "pattern of criminal gang activity"; repeal and reenact KRS 506.140 to enumerate what constitutes criminal gang recruitment in the first, second, and third degree; amend KRS 506.120 to define "criminal gang syndicate" and associated penalties for defendants convicted of certain offenses committed while acting as a criminal gang syndicate; amend KRS 506.150 to revise evidence that is corroborative of the existence of a gang or gang membership; create new sections of KRS Chapter 506 to require that anyone who is found to be a member of a criminal gang at the time of commission of a felony, and who is subsequently convicted of a felony that puts the public at risk, shall be sentenced to a penalty that is one class higher than the penalty provision pertaining to the felony offense he or she was convicted of, unless the person is determined to be a persistent felony offender; establish a cause of action for a person harmed by a criminal gang or criminal gang member; create a new section of KRS Chapter 506 to state that property used by a gang or gang member in the commission of the crime shall be forfeited and disposed of in accordance with KRS 218A.405 to 218A.460; provide that this Act shall be known as the Gang Violence Prevention Act; encourage state and local law enforcement agencies to create a statewide gang violence prevention database; EMERGENCY.

     Jan 10, 2018 - introduced in House
     Jan 16, 2018 - to Judiciary (H)
     Jan 22, 2018 - posted in committee
     Feb 07, 2018 - reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar
     Feb 08, 2018 - 2nd reading, to Rules; recommitted to Appropriations & Revenue (H)