NEWS: Senate Bill 54 Becomes Law; Will Help Make Alaska Safer

Rep. Bryce Edgmon

Speaker Edgmon Pledges Cooperation to Fix Constitutional Flaw in Crime Bill

November 27, 2017

Anchorage – Speaker of the House Bryce Edgmon (D-Dillingham) released the following statement upon learning that Alaska Governor Bill Walker has signed Senate Bill 54 into law.

“Senate Bill 54 does many good things, including toughening up penalties for theft and other crimes that are making Alaskans feels less safe in their homes and businesses. The bill gives law enforcement many of the tools they asked for to respond to the current crime-wave, and it sends a clear message that criminal behavior in Alaska will not go unpunished,” said Rep. Edgmon. “I, like many of my colleagues, am troubled by the bill’s Constitutional issue, which the Legislature could have remedied had the Senate been willing to convene a conference committee. We now hope that the court system will be able to address the issue as quickly as possible without the need for another crime bill in the next legislative session.”

Senate Bill 54 was signed into law by Governor Walker just after midnight today. Many of the provisions in the bill became effective immediately upon the signature of the Governor.

For more information, please contact Alaska House Majority Coalition Press Secretary Mike Mason at (907) 444-0889.


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