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2013 House Bill 5070: Authorize penalties on rental property “squatters”
  1. Introduced by Rep. Kurt Heise (R) on October 8, 2013, to authorize up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine for a “squatter” who illegally occupies a residence with a market value of at least $100,000. “Squatter” is defined by the bill as someone who “at any time during that period of occupancy, occupied the property with the owner's consent for an agreed-upon consideration” but not a “guest or a family member of the owner or a tenant”.
    • Referred to the House Criminal Justice Committee on October 8, 2013.
      • Reported in the House on October 30, 2013, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on November 13, 2013. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on November 13, 2013.
  2. Passed 91 to 19 in the House on November 14, 2013, to authorize criminal penalties for a “squatter” who illegally occupies a residence, including up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine for second and subsequent violations. “Squatter” is defined by the bill as someone who “at any time during that period of occupancy, occupied the property with the owner's consent for an agreed-upon consideration” but not a “guest or a family member of the owner or a tenant”.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on December 3, 2013.
    • Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on December 3, 2013.

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