Thursday, February 28, 2013

Iowa Democrat wants to imprison you for having a secret compartment in your car to stash valuables

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If you like hidey holes to keep your property away from prying eyes, nosy friends and relatives, or parking lot thieves, you won't like what Iowa State Senator Steve Sodders has in mind for you in a bill he has introduced.
     Sodders, a deputy sheriff, would obviously like everyone to think his bill is all about stopping drugs, but look at the language he has included (the felony provision applies if you constructed the secret compartment):

Senate File 228 - Introduced SENATE FILE 228 BY SODDERS 
An Act relating to the use of a false or secret compartment in a motor vehicle, and providing penalties...

...20 In addition, it shall be no defense in a prosecution for
21 a violation of the bill if the false or secret compartment
22 is inoperable or is not in use, or that the existence of the
23 compartment was known to a peace officer.
24 An aggravated misdemeanor is punishable by confinement for
25 no more than two years and a fine of at least $625 but not more
26 than $6,250. A class “D” felony is punishable by confinement
27 for no more than five years and a fine of at least $750 but not
28 more than $7,500.

Sodders represents district 36 in the Iowa State Senate (click map below to enlarge.) Legislative email:

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