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Lawmaker takes part in national conference

POSTED: December 21, 2012 12:33 a.m.


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State Sen. Jack Murphy recently attended the National Conference of State Legislatures in Washington, D.C.

The bipartisan conference, held earlier this month, welcomed legislators and staff members from the nation’s 50 states, as well as its commonwealths and territories.

During the conference forum, Murphy served as the vice chairman of the Law and Criminal Justice Committee, one of 10 that deal with state and federal issues.

The Republican from Cumming, who represents District 27, participated in discussions that ranged from human trafficking to criminal justice reform. 

According to Murphy, forums like this “bring together state and federal lawmakers to ensure the crafting of beneficial public policy for every level of the country.”

“The community knowledge base gathered at this forum produced a bipartisan atmosphere that will help form policies to protect our children and vulnerable populations and bring about positive policy reforms,” he said in a statement.

As part of his visit, Murphy met at the White House with state and federal officials responsible for federal strategies that address human trafficking. The group discussed intergovernmental approaches to respond to the problem. 

He also attended a series of events aimed at combating the growing problem of human slavery.

Those included the NCSL human trafficking forum, a luncheon with actress and former U.N. Goodwill Ambassador Mira Sorvino and a meeting with one of the nation’s leading human trafficking advocacy organizations, Polaris Group.

According to a news release, Murphy has a background in understanding the issue as a member of the state Senate Public Safety Committee, which reviews legislation concerning the security and well-being of Georgia residents from physical violence or danger.


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