Rep. Lynn Luker, R-Boise, got four bills introduced yesterday to reduce various misdemeanor charges to infractions, the AP reports; Luker says the move is an effort to ease the burden on public defenders, and also to make penalties better match offenses. Most misdemeanor charges include potential jail time, which means that the judge must appoint a public defender, according to the Associated Press. ... Luker’s proposed changes would apply to juvenile curfews, littering on highways, some fireworks violations and some fishing and hunting violations/AP via Eye on Boise. More here.
Question: Do you agree/disagree with the intent of this bill to reduce some minor crimes to infractions rather than misdemeanors?