Republican Senator Bryant Richardson has introduced Senate Bill 43 that seems to require posting signs warning about human trafficking on every flat surface in the state. Increasing awareness and getting the public to know what to look out for with respect to human trafficking is a good thing. I am just not sure this can be accomplished in sign form. And what would the sign say, aside from “Stop Human Trafficking” with relevant phone numbers, like I posted here.
The bill would require signs to be placed at the following locations:
- State service centers.
- Wellness centers.
- Residential child care facilities.
- Transitional and independent living service providers for youth aging out of foster care.
- Shelters for victims of domestic violence or sexual assault or individuals experiencing homelessness or food insecurity.
- Convenience stores along a major highway.
- Gas stations along a major highway.
- Restaurants with liquor licenses.
- Poultry processing plants.
- Bus or train stations.
- Massage establishments.
- Shopping malls.
- Adult Entertainment Establishments
The bill is bipartisan and really, who is going to vote against this? So it will pass and pass quickly. It has already been released by the Senate Judiciary committee on Wednesday, and has been assigned to the Senate Finance Committee, because it will cost some money to manufacture a couple of billion signs.
|Senate Bill 43 – DISPLAY OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING PUBLIC AWARENESS SIGNS||Currrent Status – Senate Finance 3/8/23|
|House Sponsors – Smith, Ramone // Williams, Baumbach, Heffernan, Minor-Brown||Senate Sponsors – Richardson, Buckson, Hocker, Lawson, Pettyjohn, Wilson // Poore, Gay, Sokola, Walsh|
|House Yes Votes –||Senate Yes Votes –|
|House No Votes –||Senate No Votes –|
|House Absents or Not Voting –||Senate Absent or Not Voting –|