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12100110D
HOUSE BILL NO. 118
Offered January 11, 2012
Prefiled January 3, 2012
A BILL to amend and reenact 29.1-740 of the Code of Virginia, relating to property damage of $2,000 or more resulting from a vessel accident; penalty.
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Patron-- Edmunds
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Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
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Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1.  That 29.1-740 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:

29.1-740. Duty to stop and render assistance; penalties for violations.

It shall be the duty of every operator of a vessel involved in a collision to stop and render assistance as required by 29.1-739. If any Any person who knowingly fails to comply with the provisions of 29.1-739 when the collision, accident or other casualty results in serious bodily injury to, or the death of, any person, he shall be is guilty of a Class 6 felony. If any Any person who knowingly fails to comply with the provisions of 29.1-739, when the collision, accident or other casualty results only in damage to property, he shall be is guilty of a Class 6 felony if the damage is $2,000 or more or a Class 1 misdemeanor if the damage is less than $2,000. However, if the vessel struck is unattended and the damage is less than fifty dollars $50, such person shall be punished only by a fine not exceeding fifty dollars $50.

2.  That the provisions of this act may result in a net increase in periods of imprisonment or commitment. Pursuant to 30-19.1:4, the estimated amount of the necessary appropriation cannot be determined for periods of imprisonment in state adult correctional facilities; therefore, Chapter 890 of the Acts of Assembly of 2011 requires the Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission to assign a minimum fiscal impact of $50,000. Pursuant to 30-19.1:4, the estimated amount of the necessary appropriation cannot be determined for periods of commitment to the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice.


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