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Extended Protections To Government Entities/ Businesses Victimized By Crime

/ WDAC

HARRISBURG – The PA House Judiciary Committee approved legislation that would allow governments, non-profit organizations, and businesses to collect restitution if they’re victims of a crime. Senate Bill 897 would close a current loophole in state law that defines a victim specifically as an individual who has suffered physical or mental injury, death or the loss of earnings. As a result of that limited definition, a recent Supreme Court ruling found that governmental entities and businesses are not eligible for reimbursement when they are victimized and suffer losses. This will enable these entities to receive restitution in instances where, for example, an act of theft, hacking, embezzlement or destruction of property has been perpetrated against them. The bill now goes to the full PA House for consideration.

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