Governor signs crime bills

Posted: Sunday, June 15, 2003

JUNEAU (AP) Repeat sex offenders will do more time in prison and more criminals will have to give DNA samples under bills signed into law Friday by Gov. Frank Murkowski.

The governor also signed bills allowing drivers' licenses to be revoked after fatal accidents and changing Alaska's stalking laws to close a loophole.

House Bill 49, sponsored by Rep. Tom Anderson, R-Anchorage, expands the list of criminals who must provide DNA samples for the state database.

The requirement applies to all felons, anyone convicted of a felony or misdemeanor crime against a person, such as assault, and anyone convicted of a misdemeanor sex offense.

The rule applies retroactively to anyone currently in prison or on parole for those crimes, and to anyone required to register as a sex offender. It also applies to some of the most serious juvenile offenders.

Senate Bill 85 imposes stricter sentences on people convicted more than once of sex crimes, and adds repeat sex offenders to the list of criminals not eligible to earn time off their sentences for good behavior.

Sen. Hollis French, D-Anchorage, sponsored the bill.

A bill by Reps. Harry Crawford, D-Anchorage, and Cheryll Heinze, R-Anchorage, closes a loophole in Alaska's anti-stalking laws.

Previously, the law allowed domestic violence protective orders against people known to the victim, but did not offer the same protection to threats from strangers. House Bill 1 extends that protection to people threatened by strangers.

Senate Bill 53, sponsored by Sen. Scott Ogan, R-Palmer, lets a judge revoke someone's driver's license for breaking a traffic law and causing a fatal accident.

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