House votes down bill strengthening state sex crime laws

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JUNEAU, Alaska The Alaska Senate today voted to repeal and replace Senate Bill 91 with a revision of House Bill 49; strengthening the state’s sex crime laws, and provide police and prosecutors with new tools to fight crime.

A few hours after it was passed, the bill returned to the House floor for review of changes made while in the senate. In a vote of 18- 22, HB 49 has failed and SB 91 will stay in place. The only interior representative to vote for the revision of HB 49, was Dave Talerico of District 6.

It's unclear what will happen to SB 91. The bill has been criticized ever since it passed in 2016, with two reform bills passed since it became law: SB 54 in 20- 17, and HB 312 in 20- 18. With continued public concerns over its policies and current Governor Mike Dunleavy's disapproval, SB 91 will likely be brought back up in the legislature in the near future.