A controversial state Senate bill that would have increased penalties for "human trafficking" is dead. Sen. Justin Ready withdrew SB 904 just before a scheduled 1 p.m. hearing today. An aide in his office confirmed that the bill is withdrawn. It is after "crossover day," when Senate and House bills need to be aligned with each other for final passage, and because the companion House bill had not come out of committee, it made sense to withdraw the bill.
Some activists said the House bill, had it become law,