HB 520 - Abuse of dead body; define offense

Georgia House of Representatives - 1995/1996 Sessions

HB 520 - Abuse of dead body; define offense

Page Numbers - 1
Code Sections - 31-21-44.1
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House Comm: Judy / Senate Comm: SJudy / House Vote: Yeas 107 Nays 2 Senate Vote: Yeas 42 Nays 0 ---------------------------------------- House Action Senate ---------------------------------------- 2/1/95 Read 1st Time 2/27/95 2/2/95 Read 2nd Time 3/10/95 2/17/95 Favorably Reported 3/9/95 Sub Committee Amend/Sub Sub 2/22/95 Read 3rd Time 3/15/95 2/22/95 Passed/Adopted 3/15/95 CS Comm/Floor Amend/Sub CS 3/15/95 Amend/Sub Agreed To 4/5/95 Sent to Governor 4/12/95 Signed by Governor 318 Act/Veto Number 7/1/95 Effective Date ---------------------------------------- Code Sections amended: 31-21-44.1
HB 520 HB 520/AP H. B. No. 520 (AS PASSED HOUSE AND SENATE) By: Representatives White of the 161st, Lord of the 121st, Bargeron of the 120th, Hanner of the 159th and Randall of the 127th A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT 1- 1 To amend Article 3 of Chapter 21 of Title 31 of the Official 1- 2 Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to offenses applicable 1- 3 to dead bodies, so as to make it unlawful to abuse a dead 1- 4 body prior to interment; to provide that the lawful presence 1- 5 of the offender at the place where the dead body is abused 1- 6 shall not be a defense to a prosecution under this Act; to 1- 7 provide a penalty; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other 1- 8 purposes. 1- 9 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. 1-10 Article 3 of Chapter 21 of Title 31 of the Official Code of 1-11 Georgia Annotated, relating to offenses applicable to dead 1-12 bodies, is amended by adding immediately following Code 1-13 Section 31-21-44, relating to the wanton or malicious 1-14 removal of dead body from grave or disturbance of contents 1-15 of grave, a new Code Section 31-21-44.1 to read as follows: 1-16 "31-21-44.1. (Index) 1-17 (a) A person commits the offense of abuse of a dead body 1-18 if, prior to interment and except as otherwise authorized 1-19 by law, such person willfully defaces a dead body while 1-20 the dead body is lying in state or is prepared for burial, 1-21 showing, or cremation whether in a funeral establishment, 1-22 place of worship, home, or other facility for lying in 1-23 state or at a grave site. The lawful presence of the 1-24 offender at a place where the dead body is abused shall 1-25 not be a defense to a prosecution under this Code section. 1-26 (b) Any person who violates subsection (a) of this Code 1-27 section shall be guilty of a felony and shall be punished 1-28 by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than three 1-29 years." SECTION 2. 1-30 All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are 1-31 repealed. H. B. No. 520 -1- (Index)

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