03/04/19 -- HB 114 -- Requires electronic monitoring of registered sex offenders when changing counties

Bill Number: 
HB 114
Bill Purpose: 
Requires electronic monitoring of registered sex offenders when changing counties
Date of Vote: 
03/04/19
My Vote: 
Yes
Explanation: 

HB 114, introduced by Representative Randy Pietzman (Republican - District 41) requires electronic monitoring of registered sex offenders during the period in which they are relocating to another county.  The bill aims to address an issue where an offender will provide notice to one jurisdiction that they are moving out of the area, but then fails to re-register when they arrive at their destination.  This causes authorities to lose track of them.

Without speaking on the broader issue of the sex offender registry (that is outside the scope of this post, as it is a lengthy issue to discuss), I do think this bill provides a small fix that makes the system more efficient.  I'm not a fan of the requirement to make the offenders pay for the cost of monitoring, but that wasn't enough for me to vote against it.