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.

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