by Ted Land
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
JUNEAU, Alaska -- There's been a lot of talk in the halls of the State Capitol about how to reduce domestic violence and sexual assault in Alaska.
Lawmakers are starting to hear testimony on how the effort might actually create more work for the state.
The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing Wednesday.
The effort to end abuse is taking shape in committee rooms like this one.
There are five pieces of House legislation in the works. Two were considered Wednesday.
House Bill 298 would require sex offenders in other states to register in Alaska if they ever move here. It also would make it a crime to view child pornography online.
House Bill 307 deals with stalking and grants protection to victims.
"You have people addressing the perpetrators and you have people addressing the victims. What we do not have are those efforts that are addressing future perpetrators, future victims," said Peggy Brown, who testified before the committee.