A bill that would allow a person to carry a gun in vehicles other than public transit without having a concealed carry permit has become a multi-pronged crime bill with get-tough sentencing rules.
The bill approved on a 16-9 vote Monday by the state Senate also would mandate that a person convicted of first-degree murder be sentenced to life in prison if not sentenced to death.
The bill would remove current alternative sentencing provisions in state law that permit a person sentenced to life in prison to be released after 25 years.
Other provisions added to the bill recently include increasing the penalty for a person convicted of sexual conduct with a minor.
The bill now returns to the House for consideration.