Thursday, March 25, 2010

Tovar bill to crack down on graffiti, gang violence, passes House

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – A public safety bill that cracks down on graffiti and helps stop gang violence passed the House today.

House Bill 2738, sponsored by Rep. Anna Tovar, D-Tolleson (District 13), would make it a Class 1 misdemeanor if damage to the property is less than $999.

“Vandalism and graffiti are very real and very serious problems in Arizona,” Tovar said. “Property damage is very expensive to restore and has adverse affects for the communities they burden. Graffiti is a public safety issue, as it is most commonly linked to gang activity. Arizonans should have peace of mind in knowing that their neighborhoods and belongings are protected from these kinds of nuisances.”

The bill passed the House with bipartisan support.

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