Trafficking bill passes senate committee with changes

03/29/2012 07:54 PM

The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously passed House Bill 350 during a break on the Senate floor Thursday – as the hours tick down and the 2012 legislative session draws to a close.

The bill aimed at stopping the crime of human trafficking unanimously passed the committee with an amendment changing several of the bill’s provisions.

Mary Leander, a staff attorney for the Kentucky Association Sexual Assault Programs, listed the changes that were made to the bill including: a change to lower the penalties, and dropping language that would remove violent offender status for patronizing a minor victim of human trafficking.

The bill also calls for designating officers to be human trafficking specialist, but the Kentucky State Police will not be required to create a human trafficking unit.

House Bill 350 now moves to the the Senate consent calendar.

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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