I would like to thank several Missoula-area legislators for sponsoring important bills brought forward by my office during this past session.

House Bill 89, sponsored by Rep. Kim Dudik, updates Montana law by adopting a new model Human Trafficking Act. In addition to establishing and strengthening definitions in state law, the bill clarifies penalties for those found guilty of human trafficking and fosters a victim-centered approach that will help victims rebuild their lives.

Sen. Diane Sands sponsored Senate Bill 66, which prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes and “vaping” products to minors. Many of these new products are just as dangerous as traditional cigarettes and harm the growing number of minors who use them. More than 42 states have adopted these bans.

Senate Bill 67, sponsored by Sen. Cliff Larsen, changes Montana’s missing child laws to conform with the laws of most other states and the federal government. When it comes to finding missing children, law enforcement at all levels should be working together from the same laws and standards.

Thanks to the hard work of Dudik, Sands and Larsen, these bills moved through the legislative process with bipartisan support. I am grateful for their hard work and dedication not only to their constituents but to all citizens of Montana.

Tim Fox,

Attorney General of Montana,

Helena

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