Friday, July 07, 2006

Getting Tough On Sex Offenders

The House has passed additional legislation that toughens our laws on sex offenders. On Thursday, legislators approved HB 1871, which requires a person convicted in another state to also register as a sex offender in North Carolina. The bill also requires DMV to provide notice of sex offender registration requirements to applicants for a driver’s license, learner’s permit, instruction permit, or identification card and DMV workers must also search the national sex offender public registry for an applicant’s name before issuing either a driver’s license or special identification card.

The House has already passed a bill (HB 1896) that prohibits a sex offender from living within 1,000 feet of a school, daycare center, or public pool and strengthens registration requirements. The budget also included $1.5 million to upgrade the state’s sex offender registry, implement a global positioning system to monitor the most serious convicted sex offenders, and to establish an email notification program so citizens can be notified when a registered sex offender moves into their neighborhood.

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