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Anti-gang bill filed

March 5, 2009

Anti-gang bill filed

AUSTIN, Texas – A Texas lawmaker has proposed new legislation to crack down on crime stemming from Mexican drug cartels. 

Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas, filed a bill Thursday that would allow civil lawsuits against gangs, stiffer penalties for online gang recruiting and mandatory rehabilitation programs for young gang offenders.

Carona, chairman of the Senate Committee on Transportation and Homeland Security, said his legislation would allow businesses, communities and parents to seek civil judgments and penalties against gangs to “cripple them financially.”

Gov. Rick Perry urged the Legislature to pass the bill and to spend $135
million to continue crime-fighting efforts along the Texas-Mexico
border.

C 2009 The Associated Press

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