Governor Doug Ducey signed a bill yesterday that expands our state's terrorism laws.
Senate Bill 1350 adds more crimes to those classified as terrorism and a mandatory 10 year minimum sentence for convictions. It adds plots or attacks on any publicly accessible building in contrast to only government buildings and a mandatory 10-year minimum sentence for a conviction.
The legislation was pushed by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich for several months. He argued there were several loops to close in the bill.
His push for the bill stemmed last year's Mahin Khan's terrorism case. Although Khan was prosecuted for conspiring to launch acts of terrorism against government buildings in Maricopa and Pima counties, he could not be charged for his alleged terrorism plots against private and public businesses.
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich sent us the following statement:
"Homegrown terrorism attacks are being planned in our state and in our neighborhoods. we need to do everything we can to protect Arizonans."