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New bill could require Smith County to create prostitute prevention program


A new Senate Bill that would require Smith County to create a prostitution prevention program has officials asking questions.

Bill 484 states that counties with 200,000 residents or more must create and register a rehabilitation program specifically aimed at prostitutes.

In an afternoon meeting with Smith County judges, they said prostitution really is not a big problem in the county and are not sure the program is necessary.

However, the bill states that if the county does not create the program, it would be ineligible to receive state funds for a community supervision and corrections department.

The county attorney said he will work with the city attorney and county commissioners to learn more details on this bill and see what Smith County needs to do to comply the mandates.

If you would like to take a look at the bill, click here.

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