1997 Regular Session
To: Judiciary B
By: Representatives Cameron, Bailey, Capps, Coleman (29th), Holden, Johnson, Richardson, Straughter, Thornton
House Bill 1311
(As Passed the House)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTIONS 97-15-21, 97-15-23 AND 97-15-27, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO INCREASE THE DOLLAR AMOUNT OF THE MINIMUM AND MAXIMUM PENALTIES FOR CERTAIN OFFENSES COMMITTED ON OR AGAINST LEVEES; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 97-15-21, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
97-15-21. If any person shall willfully cut, break down, remove, destroy or damage any cattle gap or any fence or part thereof erected by any board of levee commissioners or the agents or employees of said board of levee commissioners for the purpose of enclosing the public levee right-of-way under the control of said board of levee commissioners or who shall break down, remove or destroy any gate in any such fence, or shall willfully leave unclosed and open any such gate after having opened same, or make said levee or said levee right-of-way a place of deposit or storage for any woodpiles or refuse, garbage or dead animals or any cotton, lumber, bricks or any other commodities, or who shall willfully do any material damage injurious to said levee, such person or persons shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, on conviction, shall be fined not less than One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) nor more than One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) for each offense. In addition to the penalties herein provided for, if any levee board is required to remove any such forbidden objects herein described, the owner or owners of such forbidden objects shall be liable in damages to the levee board for the cost of removing such objects, which damages may be recovered in a court action brought for that purpose; and the said levee board shall have a right of action against any person for any other damage sustained to the levees by reason of a violation of this section.
SECTION 2. Section 97-15-23, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
97-15-23. If any person or persons shall wilfully cut into, mutilate or disfigure any public levee or excavate dirt or sand from the right-of-way owned by any board of levee commissioners or any part thereof, without being authorized to do so by the said board of levee commissioners, such person or persons shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction shall be fined not less than One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) nor more than One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) for each offense, or shall be confined in the county jail for a term not exceeding thirty (30) days, or by both such fine and imprisonment in the discretion of the court.
SECTION 3. Section 97-15-27, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
97-15-27. If any person shall hunt or engage in target practice upon the mainline levee structure erected by any board of levee commissioners, the entire landside right-of-way of said levee structure or the riverside right-of-way of said levee structure within a distance of two hundred (200) feet from the toe of said levee structure, such person or persons shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, on conviction, shall be fined not less than One Hundred ($100.00) nor more than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) for each offense.
SECTION 4. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 1997.