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The Latest: Alaska House refuses to accept Senate crime bill


Added 05-14-19 07:22:02pm EST - “The Latest on the Alaska Legislature (all times local):” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “The Latest: Alaska House refuses to accept Senate crime bill”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The Alaska House has refused to accept sweeping legislation aimed at cracking down on crime passed by the Senate, with members saying more time is needed to understand the bill.

On Tuesday, the Senate voted 19-0 to pass the bill. It was then sent back to the House, which had to decide whether to accept the Senate version.

Some House members cast the Senate version as a response to public outcry over crime and a further step toward rolling back a 2016 criminal justice overhaul. Others said they wanted to understand what was in the bill and not rush through a package.

Crime has been a major issue this legislative session. The House’s decision sets the stage for a conference committee with an adjournment deadline looming.

The Alaska Senate has approved sprawling legislation in response to public outcry over crime that would strengthen penalties and could force reopening of a shuttered jail to house a projected rise in inmates.

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