Alaskans Want to Get Tough on Crime
Chenault votes to increase penalties and stop letting thieves go
Tuesday, November 7, 2017, Juneau, Alaska – After 2 weeks of discussion, debate and amendments, Alaskans finally have a bill that reflects the changes they’ve asked for when it comes to cracking down on criminals. Representative Mike Chenault listened to Alaskans and voted to increase penalties and fix loopholes found within Senate Bill 91.
Just after 1 a.m. Tuesday Senate Bill 54, the ‘fix-it-bill’, passed the House by majority vote. Representative Chenault voted in favor of SB 54 because it’s the only way to achieve tougher penalties for lawbreakers. Under SB 54 repeat Class C Felony offenders (car thieves) could face double the amount of time behind bars, sex offenders will be required to complete treatment before becoming eligible for reduced probation and there will be harsher penalties for those committing crimes against first responders.
“As penalties for criminals have gone down, crime has gone up and that’s not something Alaskans are standing for. Over the past year, I’ve heard again and again Alaskans want to get tough on crime. That’s how I cast my votes,” said Representative Mike Chenault (R – Nikiski).
The work on SB 54 may not be over as there’s a possibility the bill could go into conference committee. Representative Chenault would like to see the bill move swiftly into law so Alaskans can be assured criminals are held responsible for their crimes.
For more information contact Press Secretary Mallory Walser at Mallory.Walser@akleg.gov