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February 28, 2013

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MVCC’s GAC presents ‘The Massachusetts Economy’

Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce is providing an opportunity for people to hear from and question their state senators.

The group’s Government Affairs Committee will offer an event called “The Massachusetts Economy: A Report from the Massachusetts State Senate” on Friday, March 1 from 7:30 to 9:15 a.m. at Salvatore’s Riverwalk Conference Center, 354 Merrimack St., Lawrence.

Speakers include Andover’s state Sen. Barry Finegold, and Sens. Eileen Donoghue, Kathleen O’Connor Ives and Bruce Tarr.

The special guest moderator is former state Senator Steven Baddour.

A hot breakfast buffet included. Cost is $28 for members, $50 for nonmembers. For more information or to register, visit merrimackvalleychamber.com or call 978-686-0900.

Proposal calls for selling computers used by predators

Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian and state Sen. Barry Finegold (D—Andover) have proposed legislation filed by Finegold in the Senate to sell technology used in child porn and enticement cases, to raise money for crime-prevention and victim therapy.

The bill is modeled on the state’s controlled substances and human trafficking statutes, and would allow state and county prosecutors to petition the court for forfeiture of specific property in child pornography and enticement cases, reports Finegold’s office. “With the court’s permission, items used for the production, storage or dissemination of child pornography, such as cameras and computers, or of items used in the enticement of minors, such as cell phones and motor vehicles, could be seized and disposed of at the conclusion of cases,” says a release.

Under the legislation, the money generated would benefit programs “including Internet safety education efforts, victim rehabilitation and therapy and the purchase of technical equipment for law enforcement agencies.”

Respond by March 1 for AVIS dinner

AVIS will offer its annual dinner on March 12, at the Log Cabin, 212 Highland Road, on the Phillips Academy campus in Andover.

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