Thursday, March 09, 2006

Homeless bill sails
through House committee

The bill that would stiffen the penalties for attacks on homeless people was passed 7-0 by the House Criminal Justice Committee yesterday.

Read the Miami Herald story here.

Read the committee staff analysis here.

See previous post (with a link to the bill text) here.

Next, the bill goes to the Criminal Justice Appropriations Committee.

Meanwhile, in Maine, a legislative committee voted against a bill that would add homelessness to a list of factors judges consider when handing out sentences. Read the Morning Sentinel story here.

Update: Four members of the Maine committee voted late, changing the committee recommendation from 5-4 against, to 8-5 in favor. Read the story here.


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