Missouri Revised Statutes

Chapter 577
Public Safety Offenses
Section 577.073

August 28, 2014


Beginning January 1, 2017--Damaging state park property--penalties.

577.073. 1. A person commits the offense of damaging state park property if he or she:

(1) Knowingly places or deposits waste paper, tin cans, bottles, or rubbish of any kind within a state park;

(2) Contaminates, in any manner, any spring, pool, or stream within a state park;

(3) Cuts, prunes, picks, defaces, or injures, in any manner, the flowers, trees, shrubs, or any other flora growing on the land or in the water of any state park except as performed or directed by authorized personnel of the department of natural resources; or

(4) Removes, injures, disfigures, defaces, or destroys an object of archaeological or historical value or interest within a state park except as performed or directed by authorized personnel of the department of natural resources.

2. The offense of damaging state park property is a class C misdemeanor, unless:

(1) Such damage creates a substantial risk of physical injury or property damage to another; or

(2) The defendant has previously been found guilty of a violation of this section or an offense committed in another jurisdiction which, if committed in this state, would be a violation under this section, in which case it is a class A misdemeanor.

(L. 1961 p. 332 §§ 1, 2, A.L. 2012 H.B. 1251 merged with S.B. 719, A.L. 2014 S.B. 491)

Effective 1-01-17

Until December 31, 2016--Littering waters, injuring plants or historical objects, or selling in state parks--penalty.

577.073. 1. It is unlawful for any person to throw waste paper, tin cans, bottles, rubbish of any kind, or contaminate in any manner, any spring, pool or stream within a state park, nor shall any person other than authorized personnel of the department of natural resources cut, prune, pick or deface or injure in any manner the flowers, trees, shrub or any other flora growing on the land or in the water of any state park.

2. No person shall be permitted to offer or advertise merchandise or other goods for sale or hire, or to maintain any concession, or use any park facilities, buildings, trails, roads or other state park property for commercial use except by written permission or concession contract with the department of natural resources; except that, the provisions of this subsection shall not apply to the normal and customary use of public roads by commercial and noncommercial organizations for the purpose of transporting persons or vehicles, including, but not limited to, canoes.

3. No object of archaeological or historical value or interest within a state park may be removed, injured, disfigured, defaced or destroyed except by authorized personnel.

4. Any person violating any of the provisions of this section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor.

(L. 1961 p. 332 §§ 1, 2, A.L. 2012 H.B. 1251 merged with S.B. 719)

Effective 7-10-12 (H.B. 1251)

7-12-12 (S.B. 719)

*This section was amended by S.B. 491, 2014, effective 1-01-17. Due to the delayed effective date, both versions of this section are printed here.


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