Child pornography task force bill approved by panel
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- A proposal intended to bolster enforcement against child pornographers is on its way to the House for a final vote.
The bill already endorsed by the Senate passed in the House Judiciary, Rules, and Administration Committee Thursday.
The plan to expand the state's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force includes boosting the current two-person task force to 14 investigators.
Idaho Fraternal Order of Police Lobbyist Paul Jagosh (JAY-gosh) said those investigators will tackle complex cases focused on catching people producing and consuming child pornography.
Legislative budget writers have already approved allocating about $2 million to the program.
Initially, the Idaho Attorney General would use money from consumer protection cases to fund startup of the expanded Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.