On the House calendar is H. B. 6749 [bill text] which seeks to amend certain provisions of the existing Megan’s Law statutes.
This bill refines the sex offender registry laws and makes statutory reporting language uniform. It reduces, from life to 10 years, the mandatory registration period for violators of several statutory rape offenses. It expands the current definition of "nonviolent sexual offense" to an attempt to commit, conspiring to commit, and aiding and abetting the commitment of fourth-degree sexual assault, subjecting perpetrators to a 10-year registration period.
The bill adds activities that trigger a registrant’s obligation to update his registry information and requires the Department of Correction commissioner to ensure that sex offenders in his custody are registered before he releases them.
The bill makes statutory rape offenses involving coaches, mentors, and custodians in positions of trust or power who engage in sexual intercourse with underage victims "criminal offenses against a victim who is a minor," requiring perpetrators to comply with sex offender registry laws for 10 years. Currently, they are "violent sexual offenses," which require lifetime registration.