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2013 House Bill 5069: Authorize penalties on rental property “squatters”
  1. Introduced by Rep. Kurt Heise (R) on October 8, 2013, to establish that the usual restrictions and penalties on a landlord interfering with a tenant’s legitimate possession of a rented residence do not apply in the case of “squatters,” defined by the bill as a person who took possession by “forcible entry, holds possession by force after a peaceable entry, or came into possession by trespass.” House Bill 5070 authorizes criminal penalties for some squatting violations.
    • Referred to the House Criminal Justice Committee on October 8, 2013.
      • Reported in the House on October 30, 2013, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on November 13, 2013. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on November 13, 2013.
  2. Passed 89 to 21 in the House on November 14, 2013.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on December 3, 2013.
    • Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on December 3, 2013.
      • Reported in the Senate on January 15, 2014, with the recommendation that the substitute (S­1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
  4. Passed 32 to 5 in the Senate on June 11, 2014, to establish that the usual restrictions and penalties on a landlord interfering with a tenant’s legitimate possession of a rented residence do not apply in the case of “squatters,” defined by the bill as a person who took possession by “forcible entry, holds possession by force after a peaceable entry, or came into possession by trespass.” House Bill 5070 authorizes criminal penalties for some squatting violations.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the House on June 12, 2014.
  6. Passed 98 to 12 in the House on June 12, 2014.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

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