ALABAMA (WHNT) — A bill going after criminal enterprises has been signed by Governor Kay Ivey.
SB143 defines a “criminal enterprise” as at least three people involved in a pattern of crimes. Until recently, Alabama legislators referred to the bill as “anti-gang” but decided to go with the term “criminal enterprise” instead.
Legislators moved away from that language after a ‘spirited debate’ in the Alabama Judicial Committee, according to AL.com.
A person could be considered part of that group based on their style of dress, hand signs, tattoos, and other criteria that were outlined in the bill.
According to the legislation, a person would face longer sentences if convicted of violent crimes, particularly those involving guns.
After changes, the bill passed in both the House and the Senate with bipartisan support.