Before I add the text of the substitution, I wish to thank Will B from SOSEN and Dolley & James Madison from Ohio RSOL, as well as anyone else who took the time to write our Alabama legislators, for helping to bring about awareness of the perils of SB 297.
This is no guarantee the substitution will stand, but at least it is on the table. I have no issues with the substitute bill, personally, though I am sure my readers could tell me of any potential problems. I think the "field trip" provision is also an issue that must be addressed. After all, who posts field trips
I will only add the section of importance. It seems many Alabama bills always add sections on expenditures and the section that it will take effect once signed into law. No need to read that part. By the way, for those who don't read bills, when a bill is read, they tend to rewrite the code to show how the Code of Alabama will read once the bill passes. Underlined sections means that is the parts to be added, and lines mean this is what to be removed or stricken from the book. I added the bill synopsis for those who just want the short version.
SYNOPSIS: Under existing law, it is a Class C felony for an adult sex offender who has been convicted of a sex offense involving a minor to loiter on or within 500 feet of school property or certain other property used for caring for, educating, or entertaining minors, without a legitimate purpose for being on the property. This bill would also make it a Class C felony for an adult sex offender, after having been convicted of a sex offense involving a minor, to enter onto the property of a K-12 school while school is in session or attend any K-12 school activity without first notifying and reporting to the principal and complying with school rules regarding the visit.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA:
Section 1. Section 15-20A-17 of the Code of Alabama 1975, is amended to read as follows:
(b)(1) No adult sex offender, after having been convicted of a sex offense involving a minor, shall enter onto the property of a K-12 school while school is in session or attend any K-12 school activity unless the adult sex offender does all of the following:
a. Notifies the principal of the school, or his or her designee, before entering onto the property or attending the K-12 school activity.
b. Immediately reports to the principal of the school, or his or her designee, upon entering the property or arriving at the K-12 school activity.
c. Complies with any procedures established by the school to monitor the whereabouts of the sex offender for the duration of his or her presence on the school property or attendance at the K-12 school activity. For a public K-12 school, the local school board shall adopt a policy to effectuate this section.
(2) Procedures established to effectuate this subsection are limited to rules that allow the principal of the school, or his or her designee, to discreetly monitor the adult sex offender.
(3) For the purposes of this subsection, a K-12 school activity is an activity sponsored by a school in which students in grades K-12 are the primary intended participants or for whom students in grades K-12 are the primary intended audience including, but not limited to, school instructional time, after school care, after school tutoring, athletic events, field trips, school plays, or assemblies.