There are two pre-filed bills, one good, one bad. Regular sessions begin February 7, 2017.
HB 12, Mandatory Minimums:
SYNOPSIS: Existing law does not require a person convicted of a sexual offense to serve a mandatory minimum sentence. This bill would require a person convicted of rape in the first degree, sodomy in the first degree, sexual torture, or sexual abuse in the first degree to serve a mandatory minimum sentence of three years imprisonment without consideration of probation, parole, good time credits, or any other reduction in time.
Verdict: ReFORM-AL opposes all mandatory minimums.
SB 5: Repealing Chilton Co.'s anti-clustering law.
Relating to Chilton County; to repeal Section 45-11-82, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to residential limitations on adult sex offenders. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA: Section 1. Section 45-11-82, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to residential limitations on adult sex offenders, is repealed. Section 2. This act shall become effective immediately following its passage and approval by the Governor, or its otherwise becoming law.
Verdict: I thought this issue was resolved already as reported here last fall. Obvious we support this bill.