H315 - Arson Law Revisions. (SL 2022-8)
Session Year 2022
Overview: S.L. 2022-8 makes the following changes to various laws related to arson:
- Increases the punishment for certain arson offenses. This section becomes effective December 1, 2022, and applies to offenses committed on or after that date.
- Creates a new Class F felony for "serious injury" suffered by a firefighter, law enforcement officer, fire investigator, or emergency medical technician in responding to a fire caused by arson. This section becomes effective December 1, 2022, and applies to offenses committed on or after that date.
- Requires criminal history background checks of applicants to fire departments, requires applicants to disclose certain convictions, and prohibits persons convicted of certain crimes from serving as a volunteer or paid member of a fire department. This section became effective June 14, 2022, and applies to applications submitted on or after that date.