HB 479, Repeal of the Citizens Arrest Law

Municipal Impact
Position
Contact

Rep. Bert Reeves
District 34
Contact Info

Support
Charlotte Davis, (678) 686-6291
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3/31/2021
Finance and Money Management | Public Safety |
bill text

This bill would repeal the Citizens Arrest Law, removing the provision in current law that allows for a private citizen to detain another private citizen on the basis of reasonable suspicion a criminal activity occurred. 

This bill would provide a process for business owners, property owners, retail/restaurant employees and private security officers in the cases of detaining individuals for shoplifting or theft. 

The bill would authorize law enforcement officers to make arrests outside of their jurisdiction under certain circumstances such as being an eye witness to a crime, pursuing an active case or assisting another law enforcement officer in their jurisdiction. 

BILL STATUS
5/10/2021 - Effective Date 5/10/2021 - Act 264 5/10/2021 - Date Signed by Governor

Votes

3/31/2021 House Vote #373 Yea - 169 Nay - 0 Not Voting - 6 Excused - 5
3/29/2021 Senate Vote #346 Yea - 52 Nay - 1 Not Voting - 0 Excused - 3
3/29/2021 Senate Vote #345 Yea - 33 Nay - 19 Not Voting - 1 Excused - 3
3/8/2021 House Vote #214 Yea - 173 Nay - 0 Not Voting - 3 Excused - 4