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AK: Parnell Signs Bills to Aid Youth Court, Traumatized Jurors

Gov. Sean Parnell signed a pair of bills Monday, one of which set up a youth court funding mechanism through court fines while the other established a counseling program for jurors in emotionally traumatic trials.

Senate Bill 257, sponsored by District B Democratic Sen. Dennis Egan and District 4 Republican Rep. Cathy Muñoz, sets up a process that allows 25 percent of court fines to help fund youth court. Currently, adult criminal fines belong to the  unrestricted general fund.