Despite initially reporting on a bill to help victims of human trafficking, Maine’s main stream newspapers are now ignoring top Democrats’ party line vote to kill that legislation.
Sponsored by Rep. Amy Volk (R-Scarborough), the bill would have cleared prostitution charges from the records of victims of human trafficking, thus helping them get jobs and move on with their lives.
On Wednesday, the six most powerful Democrats in the Legislature voted during a meeting of the Legislative Council to reject Volk’s bill. Those Democrats include: Senate President Justin L. Alfond of Portland, House Speaker Mark W. Eves of North Berwick, Senate Majority Leader Troy D. Jackson of Aroostook, Senate Assistant Majority Leader Anne M. Haskell of Portland, House Majority Leader Seth A. Berry of Bowdoinham, and Assistant House Majority Leader Jeff McCabe of Skowhegan.
The Bangor Daily News reported on Volk’s bill on Oct. 24.
MaineToday Media published an Associated Press report on the bill on Oct. 22.
The taxpayer-subsidized Maine Public Broadcasting Netowork reported on it Oct. 22.
As of 5:00PM, none of these outlets had written about the Democrats’ shocking decision to kill a bill that would have helped victims of human trafficking.