September 24, 2017
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Maine legislative committee kills anti-gang bill

The Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Maine — A bill to crack down on gang activity by making recruitment illegal has been killed for this session by a Maine legislative committee.

The Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee voted unanimously Thursday to reject the bill after questions were raised about its potential cost and whether Maine has a gang problem serious enough to warrant the legislation.

In its original form, the bill also authorized enhanced sentences for certain violent and drug crimes when they’re committed by a criminal street gang member.

Sponsors of the bill had warned that gang activity is expanding from cities to rural areas where it can “fly under the radar.”

 


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