language to be deleted (2) new language
relating to public safety; creating increased penalties for wildfire arson that damages multiple buildings or dwellings, acreage, or crops, or causes demonstrable bodily harm; adding restitution provisions;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 609.5641, subdivisions 1, 3, by adding a subdivision.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
A person is guilty of a felony who intentionally sets a fire to burn out of control on land of another containing timber, underbrush, grass, or other vegetative combustible material.
(a) A person who violates subdivision 1 may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than five years or to payment of a fine of not more than $10,000, or both.
(b) A person who violates subdivision 2 may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than one year or to payment of a fine of not more than $3,000, or both.
(c) In addition to the sentence otherwise authorized, the court may order a person who is convicted of violating this section to pay fire suppression costs and damages to the owner of the damaged land.
Presented to the governor May 22, 2013
Signed by the governor May 24, 2013, 2:37 p.m.