|SYNOPSIS:||Under existing law, a person is guilty of criminal trespass if the person enters or remains unlawfully on property without permission of the owner. A violation is a misdemeanor.|
|This bill would establish a specific crime of unlawful entry of a critical infrastructure. A violation would be a Class D felony.|
|Amendment 621 of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, now appearing as Section 111.05 of the Official Recompilation of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, as amended, prohibits a general law whose purpose or effect would be to require a new or increased expenditure of local funds from becoming effective with regard to a local governmental entity without enactment by a 2/3 vote unless: it comes within one of a number of specified exceptions; it is approved by the affected entity; or the Legislature appropriates funds, or provides a local source of revenue, to the entity for the purpose.|
|The purpose or effect of this bill would be to require a new or increased expenditure of local funds within the meaning of the amendment. However, the bill does not require approval of a local governmental entity or enactment by a 2/3 vote to become effective because it comes within one of the specified exceptions contained in the amendment.|
Relating to crimes and offenses; to enact the crime of unlawful entry of a critical infrastructure and to provide criminal penalties; and in connection therewith would have as its purpose or effect the requirement of a new or increased expenditure of local funds within the meaning of Amendment 621 of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, now appearing as Section 111.05 of the Official Recompilation of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, as amended.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA:
Section 1. (a) For the purposes of this section, the following words have the following meanings:
(1) CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE. The term includes, but is not limited to, a chemical manufacturing facility, a refinery, an electrical power generating facility, an electrical transmission substation and distribution substation, a water intake structure and water treatment facility, a natural gas transmission compressor station, a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal and storage facility, a natural gas and hydrocarbon storage facility, and a transportation facility, such as a port, railroad switching yard, or trucking terminal.
(2) FRAUDULENT DOCUMENTS FOR IDENTIFICATION PURPOSES. A document which is presented as being a bona fide document that provides personal identification information but which, in fact, is false, forged, altered, or counterfeit.
(b) A person commits the crime of unauthorized entry of a critical infrastructure if the person does any of the following:
(1) Intentionally enters without authority into any structure or onto any premises belonging to another that constitutes in whole or in part a critical infrastructure that is completely enclosed by any type of physical barrier.
(2) Uses or attempts to use a fraudulent document for identification for the purpose of entering a critical infrastructure.
(3) Remains upon or on the premises of a critical infrastructure after having been forbidden to do so, either orally or in writing, by any owner, lessee, or custodian of the property or by any other authorized person.
(4) Intentionally enters into a restricted area of a critical infrastructure which is marked as a restricted or limited access area that is completely enclosed by any type of physical barrier when the person is not authorized to enter the restricted or limited access area.
(c) A person who commits the crime of unauthorized entry of a critical infrastructure is guilty of a Class D felony.
(d) Nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent lawful assembly and peaceful and orderly petition for the redress of grievances, including, but not limited to, any labor dispute between any employer and its employee.
Section 2. Although this bill would have as its purpose or effect the requirement of a new or increased expenditure of local funds, the bill is excluded from further requirements and application under Amendment 621, now appearing as Section 111.05 of the Official Recompilation of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, as amended, because the bill defines a new crime or amends the definition of an existing crime.
Section 3. This act shall become effective on the first day of the third month following its passage and approval by the Governor, or its otherwise becoming law.