Lawmakers Support Bill to Strengthen Maine’s Military Sexual Assault Laws 

Lawmakers unanimously approved a bill that would strengthen Maine’s laws when it comes to sexual assaults in the military.The legislation directs the Adjutant General to assess the state’s Military Code of Criminal Justice. Democratic Sponsor Linda Valentino of Saco says she wants to make sure it’s as tough as federal law regarding sexual assault by members of the Maine National Guard. It also addresses treatment of survivors. The Department of Defense estimates three sexual assaults take place every hour in the military.The Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee voted on the bill Monday. It will now be sent to the Senate and House for more votes.