Protecting children from sexual predators is the aim of two legislative proposals signed into law during the week of September 29 to October 3, according to Senator Tim Bivins.

Known as the Child Protection Act of 2008, Senate Bill 2349 makes it crime to send, purchase or arrange for a travel ticket for a minor to any destination for an unlawful purpose, without a parent or guardian’s consent. Current law only prohibits the sale of an out-of-state travel ticket to a child younger than 17 without a parent or guardian’s permission. Senator Bivins said the penalty for committing this offense increases if the person selling or offering the ticket believes that it is intended for a person younger than 17.

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