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HOUSE BILL NO. 135
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H0135................................by JUDICIARY, RULES AND ADMINISTRATION
LASER POINTERS - Adds to existing law to provide for certain unlawful uses
of laser pointers; to provide for punishment; and to define "laser
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|||| LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ||||
Fifty-sixth Legislature First Regular Session - 2001
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
HOUSE BILL NO. 135
BY JUDICIARY, RULES AND ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE
1 AN ACT
2 RELATING TO LASER POINTERS; AMENDING CHAPTER 9, TITLE 18, IDAHO CODE, BY THE
3 ADDITION OF A NEW SECTION 18-923, IDAHO CODE, TO PROVIDE FOR CERTAIN
4 UNLAWFUL USES OF LASER POINTERS, TO PROVIDE FOR PUNISHMENT AND TO DEFINE
5 "LASER POINTER."
6 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
7 SECTION 1. That Chapter 9, Title 18, Idaho Code, be, and the same is
8 hereby amended by the addition thereto of a NEW SECTION, to be known and des-
9 ignated as Section 18-923, Idaho Code, and to read as follows:
10 18-923. UNLAWFUL USE OF LASER POINTERS. (1) It is unlawful for any person
11 to knowingly direct light from a laser pointer at a peace officer, uniformed
12 security guard, uniformed school safety officer, uniformed traffic enforcement
13 officer, uniformed member of a paid or volunteer fire department, uniformed
14 emergency medical service worker, uniformed ambulance worker, or any other
15 city, state or federal peace officer, investigator or emergency service
16 worker, or the marked service vehicle of any such individual.
17 (2) It is unlawful for any person to knowingly direct light from a laser
18 pointer at any operator of a motor vehicle.
19 (3) A violation of this section is a misdemeanor punishable under section
20 18-902, Idaho Code.
21 (4) For purposes of this section, "laser pointer" means any device that
22 emits light amplified by the stimulated emission of radiation that is visible
23 to the human eye.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
This legislation makes it unlawful for any person to knowingly direct
light from a laser pointer at a peace officer, uniformed security
guard, uniformed school safety officer, uniformed member of a paid or
volunteer fire department, uniformed emergency medical service worker,
uniformed ambulance worker, or any other city, state or federal peace
officer. A violation under this legislation would be a misdemeanor
punishable under section 18-902, Idaho Code.
Some costs for prosecution of persons charged under this legislation
would be incurred by local, city and state entities.
Name: Rep. Trail
Phone: 332 1202
Rep. Smylie 332 1205
Rep. Gary Young 332-1218
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE H 13