Alaska Senator calls for repeal of SB91

Published: Sep. 22, 2017 at 6:23 PM AKDT
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One Alaska senator is advocating to start over with a crime reform bill.

Senator Mia Costello said she'd rather repeal SB91 than untangle parts that aren't working at a press conference on Friday.

Senator Costello said she plans to introduce legislation for a repeal.

"It is my belief that a repeal is needed so we can start new start fresh and let Alaskans know that we are listening," Costello said. "We know that you are scared."

Senator Costello voted for SB91 when it passed last year and supported SB54, a bill aimed at fixing parts of the crime reform bill.

Not everyone agrees with a full repeal.

Casey Reynolds, communications director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska said while some changes are needed for SB91, there was some good in the bill.

"It does good things, it provides support for crime victims, substance abuse. It provides any number of things that everybody would agree would be good. It even toughens penalties on violet crimes like murder 1 and murder 2, which I think most people would support," Reynolds said.

SB54 is expected to be taken up during the upcoming special session.