Ala. Legislature creates looting law after storms
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Legislature has voted to create the crime of looting because of experiences following the deadly tornadoes that hit Alabama a year ago.
Attorney General Luther Strange recommended the legislation. The Senate gave it final approval 27-0 Thursday. The bill now goes to the governor.
Proponents say the legislation was needed because traditional property crime laws like burglary don't work well when a building is knocked down and possessions are scattered on the ground. The looting legislation will apply only when the governor has declared a state of emergency.
The legislation provides a sentence of one to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000.