21′ SB0451/HB0881 – Bell/Terry
Under present law, a person commits the Class E felony offense of aggravated riot who:
(1) Knowingly participates in a riot; and
(2) As a result of the riot a person other than one of the participants suffers bodily injury or substantial property damage occurs.
A conviction for aggravated riot carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 45 days incarceration and the court must order restitution for any injury, property damage, or loss incurred as a result of the offense.
This bill adds that a person also commits the Class E felony offense of aggravated riot who knowingly participates in a riot and:
(1) Traveled from outside the state with intent to commit a criminal offense; or
(2) Participates in a riot in exchange for compensation.
This bill also increases the mandatory minimum sentence for aggravated riot from 45 days to 60 days when a person knowingly participates in a riot and also engaged in conduct that constitutes two or more of the other elements of the offense.
TLRC strongly supports this legislation. Rioters must be held accountable. The rule of law is feckless without penalties and enforcement.
TLRC Observed Process
The bill passed through both chambers on a purely partisan basis. It became public chapter 440.