Retail Crime Crackdown: Lawmakers Introduce New Bill To Cut Down Shoplifting

At the Capitol, lawmakers are trying to cut down on organized retail crime. There's a bill being discussed to address that. 

Thursday, April 11th 2024, 7:21 pm

By: News 9, Haley Weger


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At the Capitol, lawmakers are trying to cut down on organized retail crime.

There's a bill being discussed to address that. 

Republican lawmakers say there is a rise in organized retail crime at gas stations and convenience stores, hoping that new legislation will curb that crime. 

In 2017, voters approved that $1000 misdemeanor threshold with State Question 780. 

OSBI stats show since then, shoplifting cases have more than tripled.

Senate Bill 1450 cracks down on this kind of organized retail crime.

The legislation passed out of committee with only two no votes, and will now head to the full House for consideration.

Also passing out of that committee a bill to criminalize the nonconsensual dissemination of private sexual images, known as sextortion.

Senate Bill 1479 would clarify that anybody who shares three or more private images in six months is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for up to 10 years.

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