Here are the results from the 2013 General Assembly Session. Thank you to all of you who called in or met with your delegate. Your hard work has paid off!
Anti-human trafficking bills signed by the 2013 House and Senate of the General Assembly:
Patron: Delegate Robert Bell
HB 1870: Criminal procedure; functions of multijurisdiction grand jury. Adds the offense of receiving money for procuring a person to the list of offenses that a multijurisdiction grand jury can investigate. This allows such a jury to investigate human trafficking activities.
Patron: Delegate Delegate Bulova
HB 2061: Human trafficking hotline; posted notices. Provides that any employer who operates a truck stop and who fails to post a notice, in the same location where other employee notices required by state or federal law are posted, of the existence of a human trafficking hotline is subject to a civil penalty of $100. A civil penalty shall not be assessed until after 72 hours’ notice of such failure. No such civil penalties shall be assessed prior to January 1, 2014. The measure also clarifies that civil penalties are to be assessed by the Department of Labor and Industry.
Patron:Delegate Ronald Villanueva
HB 1826: Law-enforcement officers; exceptions to territorial limits. Provides that whenever the necessity arises for the enforcement of laws related to kidnapping, police officers and other officers, agents, and employees of a locality, Capitol Police officers, and campus police may be sent beyond their territorial limits.
Patron: Senator Howell
SB 1015: Prostitution; solicitation of a minor. Provides that, in addition to the current Class 1 misdemeanor punishment for solicitation of prostitution generally, any person who solicits prostitution from a minor (i) 16 years of age or older is guilty of a Class 6 felony or (ii) younger than 16 years of age is guilty of a Class 5 felony. This bill is identical to HB 1606.
Patron: Senator Stuart
SB 832: Pornography; mandatory minimum sentence. Provides that the sentence of a person convicted of certain pornography offenses that carry a five-year mandatory minimum term must serve that term consecutively with any other sentence imposed. The offenses include a second offense involving the reproduction, transmission, or distribution of child pornography or the solicitation of child pornography in order to gain entry into a group engaged in trading or sharing child pornography. This bill is identical to HB 2269.
Thank you for all your support during the 2013 session!