Palin signs sweeping crime bill at Capitol

Posted: Friday, June 06, 2008

JUNEAU - Gov. Sarah Palin gave her blessing to a sweeping crime bill, one of pieces of two criminal justice legislation passed this year.

Palin signed Senate Bill 265 on the Capitol steps Thursday while toting her newborn son, Trig, in a harness.

The bill targets bootleggers, sex offenders and child pornographers with stiffer penalties.

It started as a sex offender bill by Sen. Lesil McGuire, an Anchorage Republican, but eventually became an omnibus measure to include offerings from several lawmakers.

The House and Senate unanimously passed the measure.

McGuire said the bill's passage was an example of how lawmakers can set aside differences for a common cause.

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