Bill Text: MS HB1133 | 2022 | Regular Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Staging of a motor vehicle collision; make a felony and racketeering activity.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Failed) 2022-02-01 - Died In Committee [HB1133 Detail]

Download: Mississippi-2022-HB1133-Introduced.html

MISSISSIPPI LEGISLATURE

2022 Regular Session

To: Judiciary B

By: Representative Ford (54th)

House Bill 1133

AN ACT TO CREATE THE CRIME OF STAGING OF A MOTOR VEHICLE COLLISION; TO CREATE THE CRIME OF AGGRAVATED STAGING OF A MOTOR VEHICLE COLLISION; TO AMEND SECTION 97-43-3, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO INCLUDES THESE CRIMES IN THE DEFINITION OF RACKETEERING ACTIVITY; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.

     BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:

     SECTION 1.  (1)  Staging of a motor vehicle collision is any of the following with an intent to defraud:

          (a)  Causing a motor vehicle collision for the purpose of obtaining anything of value.

          (b)  Providing information in connection with a motor vehicle collision, knowing that the collision was intentionally caused, for the purpose of obtaining anything of value.

          (c)  Providing false information in connection with a motor vehicle collision that did not occur for the purpose of obtaining anything of value.

     (2)  Whoever commits the crime of staging of a motor vehicle collision is guilty of a felony, upon conviction, and shall be imprisoned for not more than five (5) years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, fined not more than Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00), or both.

     SECTION 2.  (1)  Aggravated staging of a motor vehicle collision is the staging of a motor vehicle collision, as defined in Section 1 of this act, which causes death or serious bodily injury to another person.

     (2)  Whoever commits the crime of aggravated staging of a motor vehicle collision is guilty of a felony, upon conviction, and shall be imprisoned for not less than five (5) years nor more than thirty (30) years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, fined not more than Fifteen Thousand Dollars ($15,000.00), or both.

     SECTION 3.  Section 97-43-3, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:

     97-43-3.  The following terms shall have the meanings ascribed to them herein unless the context requires otherwise:

          (a)  "Racketeering activity" means to commit, to attempt to commit, to conspire to commit, or to solicit, coerce or intimidate another person to commit any crime which is chargeable under the following provisions of the Mississippi Code of 1972:

              (1)  Section 97-19-71, which relates to fraud in connection with any state or federally funded assistance programs.

              (2)  Section 75-71-735, which relates to violations of the Mississippi Securities Act.

              (3)  Sections 45-13-105, 45-13-109, 97-37-23 and 97-37-25, which relate to unlawful possession, use and transportation of explosives.

              (4)  Sections 97-3-19 and 97-3-21, which relate to murder.

              (5)  Section 97-3-7(2), which relates to aggravated assaults.

              (6)  Section 97-3-53, which relates to kidnapping.

              (7)  Sections 97-3-73 through 97-3-83, which relate to robbery.

              (8)  Sections 97-17-19 through 97-17-37, which relate to burglary.

              (9)  Sections 97-17-1 through 97-17-13, which relate to arson.

              (10)  Sections 97-29-49 and 97-29-51, which relate to prostitution.

              (11)  Sections 97-5-5 and 97-5-31 through 97-5-37, which relate to the exploitation of children and enticing children for concealment, prostitution or marriage.

              (12)  Section 41-29-139, which relates to violations of the Uniform Controlled Substances Law; provided, however, that in order to be classified as "racketeering activity," such offense must be punishable by imprisonment for more than one (1) year.

              (13)  Sections 97-21-1 through 97-21-63, which relate to forgery and counterfeiting.

              (14)  Sections 97-9-1 through 97-9-77, which relate to offenses affecting administration of justice.

              (15)  Sections 97-33-1 through 97-33-49, which relate to gambling and lotteries.

              (16)  Section 97-3-54 et seq., which relate to human trafficking.

               (17)  Sections 1 and 2 of this act, which relate to staging of a motor vehicle collision.

          (b)  "Unlawful debt" means money or any other thing of value constituting principal or interest of a debt which is legally unenforceable, in whole or in part, because the debt was incurred or contracted in gambling activity in violation of state law or in the business of lending money at a rate usurious under state law, where the usurious rate is at least twice the enforceable rate.

          (c)  "Enterprise" means any individual, sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, union or other legal entity, or any association or group of individuals associated in fact although not a legal entity.  It includes illicit as well as licit enterprises and governmental, as well as other, entities.

          (d)  "Pattern of racketeering activity" means engaging in at least two (2) incidents of racketeering conduct that have the same or similar intents, results, accomplices, victims, or methods of commission or otherwise are interrelated by distinguishing characteristics and are not isolated incidents, provided at least one (1) of such incidents occurred after July 1, 1984, and that the last of such incidents occurred within five (5) years after a prior incident of racketeering conduct.

     SECTION 4.  This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2022.


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