RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Cigarette smuggling and sex crimes are on the agenda for the Virginia State Crime Commission's final meeting of the year.
The commission could make recommendations on those issues when it meets Monday in Richmond.
The General Assembly has passed legislation aimed at curbing illegal cigarette trafficking in the last couple of years. But the commission has learned that it's still a growing problem. The panel is considering asking lawmakers to order a study of the feasibility of turning enforcement over to the Alcoholic Beverage Control department.
The commission also is considering proposals to lighten up on child prostitutes and people who are forced into prostitution.
Another proposal would allow prosecutors in child sex cases to introduce evidence of previous similar conduct or convictions.
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