Yesterday, Assemblyman Gary D. Finch (R,C,I-Springport) joined his legislative colleagues and women’s equality advocates to call for the Assembly Majority to hasten the passage of A.2240, legislation that would increase the severity of imposable penalties against human traffickers. Finch is a co-sponsor of this bill, in addition to a number of other women’s equality bills.
“As legislators, we need to do everything we can to eliminate this unconscionable practice. Human trafficking creates real, human suffering. We need to seize this opportunity to act with compassion and make a positive impact on the human condition,” said Finch. “This issue transcends politics. I would be interested to see the moral compass that guides a member of the Assembly away from this legislation.”
Assemblyman Gary. D Finch stands with his legislative colleagues and women’s equality advocates at a press conference to promote the passage of a human trafficking prevention bill.
Currently, A.2240 is part of the Assembly Majority’s omnibus women’s equality package. Their unyielding insistence on the inclusion of legislation that would expand abortion rights has kept the omnibus package from passing in the Senate. So far, the Assembly Majority has refused to bring the other nine bills to the floor separately, despite bipartisan and bicameral support.
Finch Stands A“Republicans, Democrats, men, women - this legislation enjoys the sort of sweeping support that is rare in this contentious political climate. We need to do the right thing and pass this bill,” said Finch.
“There are mothers and daughters being held hostage by the evil institution of human trafficking. We can’t let the Assembly Majority hold this legislation hostage for political leverage,” concluded Finch.