Grappling with the Graffiti Problem

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- State Senator Evan Jenkins is proposing legislation aimed at deterring vandals, or what some call graffiti artists from drawing on property that doesn't belong to them.

The law would be the first statewide rule for graffiti on the books. Currently, individual municipalities have laws unique to their cities.

The proposed law states the first two times you are caught vandalizing something with graffiti, as defined in the new bill, you would be charged with a misdemeanor, go to jail and be fined. The third time it would be a felony.

Jenkins says the law passed last legislative session, but it had to be vetoed because of a technicality.

He is hopeful the legislation would "help us clean-up" cities and improve economic development.

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