“We have to assume how many people are going to commit that crime. Then we have to put a price tag on that.”

— Former State Senator Carol Weston, R-Montville, explaining how financial concerns factored in to the decision by legislators in 2007 not to approve LD 950, a bill that would have added a felony child endangerment charge to Maine’s laws. Weston, the sponsor of the legislation, worked with District Attorney Geoffrey Rushlau on the bill.