There’s Erin’s Law and Bree’s Law.
Both have been rolled into House Bill 44, dubbed the Alaska Safe Children’s Act.
Erin’s Law is named after Erin Merryn, a survivor of child sexual abuse. It’s part of a national campaign to make sure each state has a law requiring schools to teach children about how to protect themselves from predators.
Bree’s Law is named for Breanna Moore, who investigators say was killed by her boyfriend Joshua Almeda. After her death, her parents say they heard from friends that their daughter hid a physically abusive relationship with Almeda.
In this web extra, Cindy and Butch Moore talk about how education on teen dating violence might have saved Bree’s life.They want to give other teens a chance to learn about healthy relationships.
The measure’s next stop is the Senate Finance Committee. But a hearing hasn’t been scheduled yet. Sen. Anna MacKinnon, co-chair of Senate Finance, says she to deal with the budget first, before moving on to HB 44.
The Moores have launched a petition drive for passage of HB 44, with the same language the bill had when it passed the House: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/alaskasafechildrensbill.