Maine legislative committee kills anti-gang bill

The Associated Press
Posted Feb. 09, 2012, at 5:26 p.m.

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.” printed on July 27, 2017