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Senator Hollis French Appointed as Vice-Chair of NCSL Law and Criminal Justice Committee

ANCHORAGE- Senator Hollis French has been selected by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) to be Vice-Chair of NCSL’s Law and Criminal Justice Committee.

During his time in the Legislature, Senator French sponsored two crime summits and a series of sexual assault hearings which brought in leaders and experts from across the state to discuss how to cost-effectively improve Alaska’s criminal justice system while addressing the state’s most serious crime issues.

Senator French has sponsored several important legislative initiatives on crime including a law passed in 2010 that not only increased the ability of investigators to solve cold cases, but also protected people who may have been wrongly convicted of a crime.  Senate Bill 110 requires that biological evidence in murder and sexual assault cases be properly retained as long as cases are unsolved and during the period after conviction that an offender is imprisoned or has a right to an appeal..    Most recently, Senator French passed legislation to protect a victim’s rights during lengthy trials.

Before Senator French was elected to the Legislature, he worked in the Anchorage District Attorney’s office, prosecuting everything from DUI cases to homicides.

NCSL President, Representative Terie Norelli of New Hampshire and NCSL President-Elect, Senator Bruce Starr, of Oregon, nominated Senator French for the position.  NCSL is a bipartisan organization that works to improve the quality and effectiveness of state legislatures; promote policy innovation and communication among state legislatures; and ensure that state legislatures have a strong, cohesive voice in the federal system. 

For more information, please contact Senate Bipartisan Working Group Press Secretary Carolyn Kuckertz at (907) 269-6315.

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