Parnell's crime bill out of last Senate committee

Mar 28, 2013 -- 10:30am


- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Gov. Sean Parnell's omnibus crime bill is headed toward a vote on the Senate floor. The measure, SB22 in the Senate, is another piece in Parnell's ongoing effort to crack down on domestic violence and sexual assault. It would strengthen penalties for criminals convicted of certain sex crimes, give prosecutors more tools for investigations and allow the state to monitor people with protective orders against them. Critics say certain parts of the bill may violate Alaskans' rights. The Senate Finance Committee struck one of the bill's most contentious parts, which would have subjected volunteers for sports teams to criminal penalties if they failed to report suspected child abuse. The bill's House counterpart, HB73, advanced to the House Finance Committee on Wednesday. The latest House version also removes the volunteer provision.

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