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SB18-026: Make Sex Offender Registration More Effective

Criminal Justice
Bill Number: SB18-026
Year: 2018
ACLU Position: Support
Sponsors: P. Lee/Y.Willet/L. Herod/D. Kagan

Description:

Under current law, a person is required to register as a sex offender
(registrant) in Colorado if he or she is a Colorado resident and is required
to register in another state. The bill states that a Colorado resident only
has to register in Colorado for an out-of-state conviction if the person
would be required to register in Colorado if the conviction occurred in
Colorado.
In addition, a registrant is required to register in person at his or
her local law enforcement agency. The bill allows the law enforcement
agency to waive the in-person registration requirement after initial
registration if the person suffers from a physical or intellectual disability
to the extent that it is a severe hardship to register in person. If the waiver
is authorized, the law enforcement agency must reregister the registrant
after verifying the registrant’s address and provide documentation of the
waiver to the Colorado bureau of investigation and any other law
enforcement agency with which the person registers.
Under current law, specified registrants can file a petition to
discontinue registration. The bill requires the court to grant a petition to
discontinue registration if the registrant has successfully completed his or
her sentence, the registrant has not been convicted of a subsequent sex
offense, and the required waiting period has expired unless the
prosecuting attorney or victim objects and presents credible evidence that
the registrant is likely to commit a subsequent offense of unlawful sexual
behavior.
Notwithstanding any statutory barriers to the contrary, the bill
allows a registrant or his or her legal representative to file a petition to
discontinue registration if the registrant is incapacitated and does not
present an unacceptable public safety risk. The court shall grant the
petition if the petitioner shows that the registrant is incapacitated, does
not present an unacceptable public safety risk, and is not likely to commit
a subsequent sex offense.


Current Status:

Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass (04/04/2018)
House Second Reading Laid Over to 04/02/2018 - No Amendments (03/29/2018)
House Second Reading Laid Over to 03/28/2018 - No Amendments (03/27/2018)
House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole (03/20/2018)
Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary (03/02/2018)
Senate Third Reading Laid Over to 02/27/2018 - No Amendments (02/23/2018)
Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary (01/10/2018)



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