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House Judiciary Committee adds 10 amendments to Senate crime bill

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JUNEAU, Alaska — Lawmakers in the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday added four amendments to the Senate's crime bill, including one that has 19 subsections.

Senate Bill 64, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader John Coghill, had dealt mainly with lowering recidivism, and House committee Chairman Wes Keller says his goal is keeping the bill true to the intent of its sponsor.

Among the amendments are proposals to get recently released inmates into business internships, and using electronic monitoring as a means of early release to free up prison space.

But one measure would seemingly go against the trend, reducing the threshold for felony theft from $1,200 to $750.

The bill is held in committee, and more amendments are expected to be considered Friday.


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Senate Bill 64: http://bit.ly/Ltk6zJ

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