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House Bill 1258

House Bill 1258

ARCHIVE (2006)

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DIGEST OF HB 1258 (Updated January 30, 2006 9:28 pm - DI 52)

Disturbance of land. Defines "artifact" as a significant object made by a human before December 31, 1870. Except with respect to certain cemetery land, prohibits disturbing the area within 100 feet of discovered human remains or within 50 feet of discovered artifacts or burial objects. Places other obligations on persons making the discoveries. Makes it a Class A infraction to violate certain duties concerning the unintentional discovery of artifacts. Allows confidentiality of location information of historical or archeological sites. Allows certain persons to accompany a conservation officer to investigate a violation of a historic preservation and archeology law. Establishes a fund to assist private homeowners who accidentally discover an artifact, a burial object, or human remains and need assistance to comply with a plan. Allows the court to order restitution for certain costs related to the violation of the historic preservation and archeology law. Makes it a Class D felony to possess looted property and provides that the offense is a Class C felony if the cost of carrying out an archeological investigation on the site that was damaged to obtain the looted property is more than $100,000. Provides that a disinterment under a plan approved by the department of natural resources is exempt from other disinterment procedures. Makes conforming changes. Repeals a definition of "conservation officer", and reenacts the definition to make it apply throughout the natural resources title. Makes littering a Class A misdemeanor instead of a Class B infraction if refuse is placed or left in, on, or within 100 feet of a body of water that is under the jurisdiction of the: (1) department of natural resources; or (2) United States Army Corps of Engineers.
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