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Anti-human trafficking legislation is a bipartisan effort in the state of North Carolina. In 2019, there have been multiple bills that are beneficial in the fight against human trafficking.
Primary Sponsors to House Bill 37
This bill extends the statute of limitations for civil actions for child sexual abuse so that the plaintiff has until the age of 38 to commence action. It also extends the civil action to personal injury, assault, battery, false imprisonment and criminal conversations. It revives civil action for child sexual abuse that has otherwise been time barred from Jan. 1, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2021. This bill also would require all school personnel working directly with students who are in kindergarten through 12th grade to receive two hours of training related to child sexual abuse and child sex trafficking twice a year. The training is to include warning signs of abuse/trafficking; instruction on how to intervene or disclose legal responsibility for reporting. The bill allocates $50,000 to implement this training across the state.
House Bill 37 passed the House on June 20, 2019, after sex trafficking training language was added in committee. This bill is now in the Senate for consideration, referred to the Senate Committee on Rules and Operation.
PROGRESS: Introduced Feb. 6, 2019, passes House June 20, 2019, with committee additions, referred to Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate.
Co-sponsors: Rep. John Autry (Dem. – Dist. 100); Rep. Cynthia Ball (Dem. – Dist. 49); Rep. Chaz Beasley (Dem. – Dist. 92); Rep. Mary Belk (Dem. – Dist. 88); Rep. Cecil Brockman (Dem. – Dist. 60); Rep. Christy Clark (Dem. – Dist. 98); Rep. Ashton Wheeler Clemmons (Dem. – Dist. 57); Rep. Allison A. Dahle (Dem. – Dist. 11); Rep. John Faircloth (Rep. – Dist. 62); Rep. Susan C. Fisher (Dem. – Dist. 114); Rep. Rosa U. Gill (Dem. – Dist. 33); Rep. Pricey Harrison (Dem. – Dist. 61); Rep. Yvonne Lewis Holley (Dem. – Dist. 38); Rep. Rachel Hunt (Dem. – Dist. 103); Rep. Verla Insko (Dem. – Dist. 56); Rep. Steve Jarvis (Rep. – Dist. 80); Rep. Joe John (Dem. – Dist. 40); Rep. Carolyn G. Logan (Dem. – Dist. 101); Rep. Marcia Morey (Dem. – Dist. 30); Rep. Larry W. Potts (Rep. – Dist. 81); Rep. Wayne Sasser (Rep. – Dist. 67); Rep. Larry C. Strickland (Rep.- Dist. 28); and Rep. Evelyn Terry (Dem. – Dist. 71)
Senate Bill 199/House Bill 596 - Safe Child Act (The Sexual Assault Fast Reporting and Enforcement Act of 2019)
The Safe Child Act increases prosecutorial options when there is a delayed report of a juvenile who is a victim of violent offenses, sexual offenses or child abuse. It also expands the duty to report child abuse. This bill also works to protect children from online predators in light of the Supreme Court finding that barring sexual predators on social media was unconstitutional.
Senate Bill 199 – Safe Child Act (The Sexual Assault Fast Reporting and Enforcement Act of 2019) was passed by the Senate on June 6, 2019, where it was referred to the House Committee on Judiciary. It was found favorable in the Committee on Judiciary on June 27, 2019, with a substitute piece of legislation and then re-referred to the Committee On Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House. House Bill 596 is the same bill as Senate Bill 199.
Co-sponsors: Sen. Danny Earl Britt, Jr. (Rep. – Dist. 13); Sen. Kathy Harrington (Rep. – Dist. 43); Sen. Dan Bishop (Rep. – Dist. 39); Sen. Jim Burgin (Rep. – Dist. 12);Sen. Jim Davis (Rep. – 50); Sen. Ralph Hise (Rep. – Dist. 47); Sen. Todd Johnson (Rep. – Dist. 35);Sen. Joyce Krawiec (Rep. – Dist. 31); Sen. Natasha R. Marcus (Dem. – Dist. 41); Sen. Tom Mcinnis (Rep. – Dist. 25); Sen. Norman Sanderson (Rep. – Dist. 2); Sen. Bob Steinburg (Rep. – Dist. 1)
House Bill 198/Senate Bill 200 - Human Trafficking Commission Recommendations
Primary Sponsors of House Bill 198
HB 198 expands the opportunity for human trafficking victims to seek nonviolent criminal expunctions and civil relief by parties who profited from their exploitation. HB 198 also focuses on demand reduction, criminalizing buyer conduct in instances of sexual servitude, adding into the clause the word “obtains.” It also prohibits the promotion or sale of sex tourism services with an added section of “promoting travel for unlawful sexual conduct.”
HB 198 passed the North Carolina House on April 15, 2019, unanimously with 110 aye votes and one abstaining.
UPDATE OF PROGRESS: PASSES GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND AWAITING SIGNATURE FROM THE GOVERNOR.
Sponsors: Reps. Lisa Stone Barnes (Republican – Dist. 7), Deb Barnes (Democrat – Dist. 18), Elmer Floyd (Democrat – Dist. 43),Holly Grange (Republican – Dist. 20), Bobby Hanig (Republican – Dist. 6), Pricey Harrison (Democrat – Dist. 61), Howard J. Hunter, III (Democrat – Dist. 5), Dennis Riddle (Republican – Dist. 64), Wayne Sasser (Republican – Dist. 67) Phil Shepard (Republican – Dist. 15), Michael Wray (Democrat – Dist. 27) and Shelly Willingham (Democrat – Dist. 23)..
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