E-Fencing Enforcement Act of 2008, the Organized Retail Crime Act of 2008, and the Combating Organized Retail Crime Act of 2008, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, Second Session, on H.r. 6713, H.r. 6491 and S. 3434, September 22, 2008 [open pdf - 2MB]
From the opening statement of Robert C. Scott: "I am pleased to welcome you to today's hearing on legislative proposals in the 110th Congress for curbing organized retail theft, which by some estimates has become a $30 billion illicit industry that not only affects legitimate interstate commerce, but poses a significant public safety risk to consumers. Theft of merchandise is nothing new and has traditionally been handled effectively through State criminal laws. In my home State of Virginia, for example, any theft in excess of $200 is grand larceny with a maximum penalty of 20 years. A third offense of petty larceny is, by law, treated the same as grand larceny." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Robert C. Scott, Louie Gohmert, Brad Ellsworth, Frank Muscato, Grady Judd, Steve DelBianco, Edward Torpoco, Joseph J. LaRocca.
Serial No. 110-210
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