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Bill Signed Into Law Adding $25 Fine For Crimes Committed Near Children

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LITTLE ROCK (KFSM) – Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed a bill on Wednesday (April 8) adding a $25 fine for any individual convicted of a crime that involves a child or that was committed in the presence of a child, according to legislative records.

The bill was called SB 867, and it was filed by Sen. Eddie Williams, R-Cabot, on March 9. Now that the legislation has been signed into law, it is called Act 1220.

The $25 court fine is stacked on top of any sentence the convict receives, the law states.

The legislation lists several crimes that can be committed against a child or in the presence of a child that an individual can be convicted of and given the additional $25 court fine for. Those crimes are listed below:

  • Manslaughter
  • False imprisonment
  • Battery
  • Aggravated assault
  • Introduction of controlled substance into the body of another person
  • Terroristic threatening
  • Sexual indecency with a child
  • Trafficking of persons
  • Domestic battering
  • Endangering the welfare of a minor
  • Engaging in sexually explicit conduct for use in visual or print medium
  • Employing or consenting to the use of a child in a sexual performance
  • Distributing, possessing or viewing child pornography
  • Aggravated cruelty to a dog, cat or horse
  • Driving or boating while intoxicated

To read the law, click here.

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