It’s the middle of the legislative season and just like all of us, the state legislature has sex on their minds. Sex related bills, I mean. No, wait, not dollars bills that you – nevermind. This is a family-friendly blog.
During public hearings to be conducted tomorrow and on Monday, the judiciary committee will consider a slew of bills focusing on sex and sex offenders. I’m here to give you the rundown on what they are and why they’re all bad (except one).
S.B. No. 33 An act concerning the registration of sexual offenders
This is, of course, the State equivalent of the awful, awful federal Adam Walsh Act. For 7 reasons why this bill is evil and must be defeated, see here.
S.B. No. 34 An act concerning computer crimes against children
This bill amends the “Enticing a Minor” statute by making it a crime to not exactly entice a minor to do anything:
or (2) display such person’s intimate parts through the use of a digital camera capable of downloading still or video images to a computer for transmission over the Internet or through the use of other available technology, or engage in a sexual act through the Internet or by telephone.
In fact, I’m not even sure that subsection (2) requires that the minor view any of these, um, intimate parts.
S.B. No. 479 (RAISED) AAC the attendance of registered sexual offenders at school functions involving their children.
Registered sex offenders are permitted to enter school property to attending school functions and/or meet with school personnel regarding their own children. That this bill is needed is the perfect example of just how stupid our sex offender laws are getting.
H.B. No. 5486 (RAISED) AAC residency restrictions for registered sexual offenders.
That this bill has been introduced comes as no surprise. The only surprise (to me) is that it took until 2010 for our state legislature to consider residency restrictions. My battle against residency restrictions is well documented. This bill has bad parts and “oh look we’re learning from other states” parts.
The bad: There’s a 2000 feet buffer zone. Which means that sex offenders will be banned from living anywhere in the state.
The “oh look we’re learning”: Grandfather clauses for those who already live somewhere within 2000 feet of any place a child may conceivably one day dream of going and for those whose houses may one day in the future fall within a 2000 feet zone.
The “good, I guess”: A violation is only a Class A misdemeanor.
H.B. No. 5533 (RAISED) AAC sexting.
Yes, sexting. That venerable institution of teens everywhere. What we used to call, back in the day, a good old-fashioned game of “doctor”.
Except this is the good bill I mentioned earlier. Thanks to Norm’s post, I see that the bill actually reduces the penalties for “sexting” from a D felony to an A misdemeanor.