Senate passes anti-child pornography bill
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- A proposed $2 million measure to boost efforts to fight child pornographers in Idaho has cleared the Senate.
The bill approved on a unanimous vote Tuesday would expand a task force housed in the Idaho attorney general's office that investigates cybercrimes against children.
Initially, the Idaho Attorney General would use money from consumer protection cases to fund startup of the expanded Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Boise Republican Sen. Curt McKenzie said Idaho gets over 5,000 child pornography case leads annually -- a caseload too big for only two full-time investigators. The task force staff would increase to 14 investigators to crack down on the production and trading of child pornography.
Ongoing costs for the agency would run about $1.6 million annually.
The bill now heads to the House.