AUGUSTA (AP) — A bill to crack down on gang activity by making recruitment illegal has been killed for this session by a Maine legislative committee.

The Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee voted unanimously Thursday to reject the bill after questions were raised about its potential cost and whether Maine has a gang problem serious enough to warrant the legislation.

In its original form, the bill also authorized enhanced sentences for certain violent and drug crimes when they’re committed by a criminal street gang member.



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