Graffiti Accountability Act of 2007

Apparently Texas State Representative Dwayne Bohac (R-Houston) has introduced a new Bill (HB2151 – Graffiti Accountability Act of 2007) which is well on its way to becoming law due to its “overwhelming support.”

Under House Bill 2151, a judge may now order a tagger to pay for or completely restore the personal or business property that was vandalized. If a graffiti offense is committed on public property, such as a traffic control device, a judge must, under HB 2151, order the vandal to replace or pay to completely restore it. According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDot), the cost of a neighborhood street sign typically runs between $200 to $350. A large, green overhead freeway sign can cost approximately $1,000.

You can find out all the intricate and under-reported details at the following site, which also will allow you to obtain a copy of the Bill in its entirety:

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=80R&Bill=HB02151

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