For Immediate Release
AUGUSTA - Rep. Amy Volk (R-Scarborough)'s proposal to allow courts to vacate the prostitution convictions of human trafficking victims received a unanimous, 10-0 approval Thursday afternoon from the Maine Legislative Council, the panel Republican and Democratic House and Senate leadership.
Rep. Volk's bill had become a major news story after Democrats denied it on October 30 in a party line, 6-4 vote.
"I'm very happy with the outcome of today's vote and I look forward to making the case for this legislation throughout next year's session," said Rep. Volk. "Human trafficking is a horrible and growing problem even right here in Maine and if even one woman has to carry a record for something that's beyond her control, that's one woman too many."
"I would like to thank all those on the Legislative Council who voted in support of my bill," added Volk.
Rep. Volk's bill will be referred to committee for consideration in the Second Regular Session of the 126th Legislature, which runs from January through April of 2014.
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