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Pennsylvania bill would treat FI robberies as felonies
HARRISBURG, Pa. (3/26/09)--A bill that would ensure robberies at financial institutions--including credit unions--would be treated as a felonies gained unanimous support of the Pennsylvania State Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday. The Pennsylvania Credit Union Association said it is supporting and monitoring the legislation, and will keep credit unions updated on the status of the bill. Senate Bill 605, introduced by State Sen. Mike Waugh (R-York), calls for robbery of a financial institution to be classified as a second-degree felony, regardless of the method used to commit the robbery (Life is a Highway March 25). SB 605 amends the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, which contains sections pertaining to “robbery” and “robbery of a motor vehicle.” Currently, bank robberies are simply grouped with other “robberies,” and if no bodily harm is done but property is taken, they are classified as third-degree felonies. The legislation, however, addresses the specific action of taking or removing money from a financial institution. The bill also gives prosecutors the tools to prosecute offenders, regardless of the method used by robbers, whether with a note or a gun. Even if no weapon were used to commit the robbery and no bodily harm done, a person could still be found guilty of a second-degree felony.


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