Attorney General Doug Peterson has unveiled his agenda for this year’s legislative session.
Peterson says he will focus on two issues.
First, human trafficking, which Peterson states current penalties now in law aren’t strong enough.
“And what that does is it sends a message to those who traffic young people that Nebraska is a safer state to practice this illegal act than in others,” Peterson tells reporters during a Capitol news conference.
The human trafficking bill, LB 294, would allow the victims of human trafficking to file a civil lawsuit against the perpetrators. It proposes an increase in the penalties for solicitation of prostitution, pandering, and for keeping a place for prostitution. It also would create a general prohibition against “human trafficking.”
Second, the Attorney General wants to crack down on drug use.
“I think frankly what’s going on in Colorado is a terrible social experiment,” according to Peterson.
Peterson says legal marijuana in Colorado has caused harm in Nebraska and will continue to do so.
“And we’re not going to idly sit by and suggest that it’s not a problem,” Peterson says. “We’re going to send a message to parents that we will support them in trying to prevent their kids from using this type of drug.”
LB 326 would eliminate the term hashish or concentrated cannabis. It would base state law on THC levels. It would update the list of synthetic marijuana prohibited under state law and harmonize state statutes with the federal drug schedule, adding a number of controlled substances, including 40 anabolic steroids. It also would update the definition of drug paraphernalia.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]