Friday, December 28, 2012

The early bills for 2013 state legislative session

Here are the early laws related to sex offenders already pre-filed for the upcoming session:


HB1:  Givan Crimes and Offenses H Pending Committee Action in House of Origin Judiciary 12/7/2012
Children, failure to report a missing child in the first degree, second degree, and in the third degree, failure to report the death of a child, false reporting to law enforcement authorities, crimes of established, Caylee's Law, Sec. 13A-10-9 am'd

ReFORM-AL is opposed to any named memorial laws as epitomies of unsound and asinine policy, and this law is no different.

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HB 3: Drake Children H Pending Committee Action in House of Origin Judiciary 12/7/2012
Child abuse and neglect, mandatory reporting for all persons, training required for certain persons, criminal penalties for making false child abuse or neglect reports, criminal penalties for discharging, disciplining, or penalizing an employee for making a false report, The Savannah Hardin Mandatory Reporting Act, Sec. 26-14-3 am'd

ReFORM-AL opposes this bill, as an extension of the aformentioned Caylee's Law. If anything, the penalty for filing a false rape report should be stiffer than a mere Class C Misdemeanor.

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SB1: Taylor Crimes and Offenses S Pending Committee Action in House of Origin Judiciary 5/24/2012
Children, failure to report a missing child in the first degree, second degree, and in the third degree, failure to report the death of a child, false reporting to law enforcement authorities, crimes of established, Caylee's Law

ReFORM-AL opposes of course, for the same reasons as before. This is starting to sound like a broken record.
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SB8: Dial Civil Procedure S Pending Committee Action in House of Origin Judiciary 8/2/2012
Class action lawsuits filed in Alabama, plan for undistributed funds to be distributed to Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Department if class members cannot be located, or if distribution to class is not economically feasible, or if class members do not make a claim to the class funds

ReFORM-AL believes this law is a waste of that money that can be better used for non-pork projects that do not propagate sex offender myths, like education or health care.

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Anyways, so far, it seems like the only action of concern is the symbolic Mandatory Reporting laws.

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