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V1293 - Vagrancy Bill 2017 Watch

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    V1293 - Vagrancy Bill 2017, TSR Government




    Vagrancy Bill 2017


    An Act to remove archaic laws that only serve to make lives of homeless people worse.




    BE IT ENACTED by The Queen's [King's] most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Commons in this present Parliament assembled, in accordance with the provisions of the Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949, and by the authority of the same, as follows:-





    PART I.
    REPEAL OF VAGRANCY LEGISLATION



    1. Vagrancy

    (1) Removes The Vagrancy Act 1824 Sections 3-4.

    (2) Removes The Licensing Act 1872 Section 12.

    (3) Inserts into The Theft Act 1968 Section 5-

    (6) Food items will not be considered to belong to a person if the original owner appears to have abandoned it.





    PART II.
    COMMENCEMENT, SHORT TITLE AND EXTENT



    2 Commencement

    (1) This Act shall come into force on royal assent

    3 Short Title

    (1) This Act may be cited as the Vagrancy Act 2017

    4 Devolution

    (1) This Act extends to Great Britain and Northern Ireland

    Notes1: Removes an archaic law that makes homelessness illegal. The original Act does this by making begging and sleeping in a public place illegal. In the last 10 years, this law has been used more and more to harass homeless people as down to looking homeless is often considered begging by the police who are under pressure to move homeless people along. Harassing begging would remain illegal under other Acts.

    2: Removes the crime of being drunk in public. Note that drunk and disorderly would remain a crime under the Criminal Justice Act 1967. The charge of drunk in public is only now used to move people along who have had a drink and this is another law that is used predominantly against homeless people who are not being disorderly.

    3. Changes the laws regarding theft so that food that has been abandoned (discarded, meaning that the original owner has no further use for the item) cannot be considered property. This essentially makes it legal to remove food from supermarket bins while also removing the ability for people who become ill from eating that food to sue the shop in question as it no longer the position of the original owner.
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    * insert whatever I said during the bill discussion *
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    Rakas21; please change my vote from an AYE to a NAY.
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    (Original post by Wilhuff Tarkin)
    Rakas21; please change my vote from an AYE to a NAY.
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    Order!
    The Ayes to the right, 30.
    The Noes to the left, 10.
    Abstentions, 4.

    I think the Ayes have it! The Ayes have it! Unlock!!
 
 
 
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