The Graffiti Resource Council (GRC) attended the 83rd Annual Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in San Francisco, CA on June 19-22. The conference was attended by 277 mayors and numerous city officials, members of the business community, and executive branch staff. GRC staff had the unique opportunity to meet with numerous mayors to discuss its programs, and hear from distinguished speakers such as President Obama, Hillary Clinton, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, and leaders in companies such as Walmart, Salesforce, Airbnb, Kaiser Permanente, and Wells Fargo. Notably, the GRC spoke on a panel before the Vacant and Abandoned Properties Task Force on July 20. The GRC discussed how its resources can help mayors address issues involving graffiti vandalism on vacant or abandoned properties.
Governor Pat McCrory of North Carolina signed into law a bill, House Bill 552, that makes graffiti vandalism a felony crime in certain circumstances. Specifically, a person who commits graffiti vandalism and all of the following 3 conditions is guilty of a Class H felony: 1) the person has 2 or more prior convictions under this section, 2) the current violation was committed after the second conviction for violation of this section, and 3) the violation resulting in the second conviction was committed after the first conviction for violation of this section.
The Nevada Assembly passed AB244, a bill that would require a person who commits graffiti vandalism is guilty of a category C felony if that person has previously been convicted two or more times of committing graffiti vandalism or has previously been convicted of a felony for such conduct. A class C felony charge carries a penalty of 1-5 years imprisonment.