- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska lawmakers will debate a bill to increase penalties for convicted sex traffickers and allow for their personal property to be seized.

A legislative committee voted 5-0 on Wednesday, with one member not voting, to advance the measure by Sen. Jim Scheer of Norfolk to the full Legislature.

The bill received criticism in a public hearing because it changed protections for juvenile victims of sex trafficking. Before advancing the proposal, senators stripped out language that would have sent victims to detention centers instead of foster care.

Scheer has designated the bill a priority measure. Attorney General Doug Peterson has also backed the bill.

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The bill is LB 294

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