SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL 6422





                        57th Legislature

                      2002 Regular Session


Passed by the Senate February 13, 2002

  YEAS 49   NAYS 0




President of the Senate


Passed by the House March 5, 2002

  YEAS 97   NAYS 0



I, Tony M. Cook, Secretary of the Senate of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is  SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL 6422 as passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives on the dates hereon set forth.




Speaker of the

      House of Representatives









Approved Place Style On Codes above, and Style Off Codes below.  





Governor of the State of Washington

                   Secretary of State

                  State of Washington



                    SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL 6422



             Passed Legislature - 2002 Regular Session


State of Washington   57th Legislature        2002 Regular Session


By Senate Committee on Judiciary (originally sponsored by Senators Costa and McCaslin)


READ FIRST TIME 02/06/2002.

Defining "property of another" for purposes of crimes against property. 

    AN ACT Relating to crimes involving property of another person; amending RCW 9A.48.010; and declaring an emergency.




    Sec. 1.  RCW 9A.48.010 and 1975-'76 2nd ex.s. c 38 s 6 are each amended to read as follows:

    (1) For the purpose of this chapter, ((as now or hereinafter amended,)) unless the context indicates otherwise:

    (a) "Building" has the definition in RCW 9A.04.110(5), and where a building consists of two or more units separately secured or occupied, each unit shall not be treated as a separate building;

    (b) "Damages", in addition to its ordinary meaning, includes any charring, scorching, burning, or breaking, or agricultural or industrial sabotage, and shall include any diminution in the value of any property as a consequence of an act;

    (c) "Property of another" means property in which the actor possesses anything less than exclusive ownership.

    (2) To constitute arson it ((shall)) is not ((be)) necessary that a person other than the actor ((should have had)) has ownership in the building or structure damaged or set on fire.


    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 2.  This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and takes effect immediately.


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