- The bill seeks to improve the quality of care for sexually exploited minors
- Sponsor Rep. Olszewski has three bills headed to House floor prior to his true freshman session
- Companion measure in Senate pushed by Senator Steube
The first, HB 487, likely to be heard this week, seeks to benefit with victims of human trafficking. Under current law, there are restrictions on how hospitals and residential treatment centers can care for children who have been sexually exploited. Analysis claims those providing care and treatment complained the current law, which requires sex trafficking survivors be treated in separate programs, actually prevents adequate care from being provided. This legislation removes a barrier that pushes trafficking victims into separate programs to enhance the quality of treatment. The bill is likely to be voted on by the full House of Representatives this week.
Although each State Representative can sponsor six bills, the House is not always friendly to new lawmakers. Olszewski took to social media to note the fruit of his efforts this session, writing: “Very excited to share that three of my six House bills as a redshirt freshman are headed to the House floor!”
Two other bills, one which allows theme parks, hotels and restaurants to donate lost and found items to charity after thirty days, and another forward-looking bill to require a long-range transportation strategy to accommodate an increasing use of automated vehicles, are likely to be voted on the House floor next week.