A bill that would make female genital mutilation a crime in Maine is officially dead.

Earlier Wednesday, a Republican lawmaker came up with a change to the bill, and asked for another vote.

House Democrats insisted it was already dead, but a Republican senator tried to bring an amendment to the floor.

State Senator Joyce Maker's amendment removed language that made it a crime for a parent or guardian to consent to FGM.

Instead, the person who actually performed the FGM procedure would be found guilty of a felony crime.

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