(MONTGOMERY)--Attorney General Troy King today lauded the Alabama Senate for passing three of his crime bills this week, and called on the House of Representatives to give its approval for a victory to give law enforcement tools to protect crime victims.
The Senate voted today in favor of legislation regarding criminals who endanger others while attempted to elude law enforcement and criminals who use their notoriety to further exploit victims.
On Tuesday, the Senate passed legislation regarding criminals who attempt online solicitation of child victims.
“With each passing day, the need for these bills becomes stronger,” said Attorney General King.
“Just two days ago, we saw the devastation that can come from criminals evading law enforcement, as a killer in Geneva took innocent lives with abandon as he fled from the brave officers who stopped him in the end.
I have held the hands of family members devastated by the further exploitation of their lost loved ones, as criminals sought to profit from their notoriety.
And I have fought to punish those despicable predators who prey upon our children through the internet and other modern technology.
I applaud the Senate for its their good work, and urge the House of Representatives to join in standing up for the people of Alabama.”
More information about Attorney General’s crime bills that passed the Senate this week are as follows:
- Attempting to Elude Law Enforcement, sponsored by Representative Spencer Collier and Senator Rusty Glover.
This legislation seeks to reduce the number of individuals who flee from law enforcement, particularly by means of a vehicle.
Intentional flight from law enforcement would start as a class B misdemeanor, but it would become a class C felony if a motor vehicle is used, and it would be a class B felony if the flight created a risk of injury or death to bystanders.
This bill is a high priority for law enforcement and would keep our streets safer for the citizens of Alabama.
Attorney General King has named this bill in honor of Montgomery police officer Keith E. Houts who was shot and killed in 2006 while making a traffic stop.
- Notoriety Bill, sponsored by Representative Cam Ward and Senator Zeb Little.
This bill also has two primary goals: to provide better opportunities and enforcement of restitution for victims of crime, and to prevent criminals, particularly those on death row, from profiting from the notoriety of their crimes.
If felons created artwork or any thing of value and attempted to sell it, the profits would be seized to compensate their victims.
The bill would establish mandatory minimum compensation for capital murder at $50 thousand, and for a second or more rape conviction at $10 thousand.
The Attorney General could ask a court to seize the offender’s assets to satisfy the restitution order, and prison officials could seize any outgoing mail to search for anything of value that could be used to satisfy restitution to victims.
- Online Solicitation Bill, sponsored by Representative Steve McMillan and Senator Myron Penn.
This bill moves the law forward in two important ways.
First, it specifies that attempted solicitation of a child victim is a crime, regardless of whether an actual child is involved.
Currently, the law is not clear that a person can be charged with soliciting a child by computer if the person being solicited is, in fact, a law enforcement officer, and not a child.
Second, it expands the law to make clear that it is a crime to solicit a child not just by computer, but by any online method to ensure that new technologies are covered.
The class B felony of soliciting a child by computer could be charged if a person who is at least three years older than his victim believes he or she is soliciting a child less than 16.
“Once again, the families and children of Alabama are counting on us to act, with this legislation to keep our loved ones safe, to defend our citizens against those who would exploit and violate innocent victims, and to provide stronger tools to assist law enforcement in their heroic efforts,” said Attorney General King. “I urge our citizens to join me in calling upon our Representatives to enact these important measures to make our state safer and to punish those who would endanger the good people of Alabama.”