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S.F. No. 676 - Increasing Penalties for Obstructing Traffic and Interference with Transit Crimes (First Engrossment)
Author: Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen
Prepared By: Chris Turner, Senate Fiscal Analyst (651/296-4350)
Kenneth P. Backhus, Senate Counsel (651/296-4396)
Date: February 22, 2017


Section 1 amends the criminal code’s public nuisance crime. Makes it a gross misdemeanor to intentionally interfere with or obstruct traffic on a freeway or a major airport’s public roadway. Creates certain exceptions for law enforcement and other officials. Defines freeways and airports.

Section 2 amends the criminal code’s interference with transit crime. Increases the penalty for certain violations not involving force or violence from a misdemeanor to a gross misdemeanor. Also adds to the crime’s scope a specific reference to restricting passenger access to transit vehicles.


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