Governor's crime bill moves out of House committee

Mar 27, 2013 -- 5:30pm


- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The House Judiciary Committee has advanced Gov. Sean Parnell's crime bill almost two months after first taking up the measure. HB73 strengthens penalties for those who commit sex crimes and domestic violence. It's part of an ongoing effort by the Parnell administration to crack down on domestic violence and sexual assault. Some observers argue that certain provisions in the bill go too far and violate the rights of Alaskans such as one provision would allow judges to order GPS tracking of people with protective orders against them. The bill now moves to the House Finance Committee. The bill's Senate counterpart, SB22, was moved out of the Senate Judiciary Committee three weeks ago. The Senate Finance Committee plants to continue work on that bill Thursday. 

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