Two sources have confirmed the Senate Judiciary Committee will vote to insert an ammendment into the Sexual Violence and Protection Act that will ensure mandatory minimums for aggravated sexual assault on a minor. This would be a ten year, non-suspendable sentence. This will be voted on in committee tomorrow, but it is expected to pass. Following the vote, this would go to the Senate floor for debate.
Senator Dick Sears told me that he will be firm on his belief there should be mandatory sentences. Sears also told me he would like to see stronger sentences, but this is a good comprimise with the political climate of the state.