Legislation to increase home invasion penalties moves to House

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Legislation designed to change the penalties for certain types of home invasions is moving to the full House of Representatives for consideration.

House Judiciary Committee Majority Chairman Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin) moved the legislation Tuesday during the committee’s weekly voting meeting.

“Currently, the law does not distinguish those burglaries where force or threat of force is used from burglaries where force or threat of force isn’t used. This is a significant distinction that we thought should be looked at, which is why the committee hosted a hearing about this issue recently.  It was at this hearing, and in later discussions, that it was realized that the implementation of this enhanced public protection was necessary,” Marsico said in a release.  “That is why I made it a priority to get it on the committee’s voting agenda as soon as possible.  And, I was pleased to see it pass unanimously through committee today.”

Senate Bill 1062 would enhance sentencing for burglaries where a person is present and the offender threatens, attempts or commits bodily harm.

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