Days after thousands of Alaskans from across the state participated in more than 140 Choose Respect marches and rallies, Governor Sean Parnell today praised the Senate for unanimously passing Senate Bill 22, an omnibus crime bill introduced by the governor to help end the epidemic of domestic violence and sexual assault, and fight sex trafficking.
"I am pleased the Senate worked to make Alaskans safer by passing this crucial legislation," Governor Parnell said. "This legislation better protects Alaskans from domestic violence and sex trafficking -- something we desperately need here."
Included within the governor's bill are measures to provide stronger protections for victims and survivors; reinforce penalties on the demand side of sex trafficking; strengthen investigative tools to track down and prosecute offenders; and enact tougher sentencing provisions. Notably, the bill allows for the prosecution of felony sex trafficking and felony human trafficking at any time without regard to the time elapsed from the commission of the crime. Additionally, the bill strengthens the law requiring judges to consider the impact of the crime on the victim at sentencing.
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