Breaking and entering bill passes West Virginia Senate
A bill to make the penalty for breaking and entering the same regardless of the time of day will is heading to the West Virginia House after passing in the Senate on Monday.
Senate Bill 80 would eliminate the offense of daytime burglary and make it a felony regardless of the time of day it happened.
It's designed to amend §61-3-11 of the Code of West Virginia, the section on burglary, to alter the current legal definitions for burglary.
If convicted, the penalty would be between one and 15 years in state correctional facility.
The bill also defines what a "dwelling house" is in order to set what kinds of properties are covered by the statute on breaking and entering in West Virginia. It says the term "includes, but is not limited to, a mobile home, house trailer, modular home, factory-built home or self-propelled motor home, used as a dwelling regularly or only from time to time, or any other nonmotive vehicle primarily designed for human habitation and occupancy and used as a dwelling regularly or only from time to time."
According to the bill, a dwelling includes a mobile home, house trailer, modular home, factory-built home or self-propelled motor home or any other non motive vehicle primarily designed for human habitation and occupancy.
You can read the full text of the proposed bill
The bill will now head to the House to be voted on there.