Fann removes key roadblock to sex offender registration bill




    Senate President Karen Fann. Photo by Gage Skidmore | Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

    House Speaker Rusty Bowers’ bill to allow some people to petition to stop registering as a sex offender is back on track after his counterpart in the Senate gave it a chance to pass a key legislative roadblock.

    For several weeks, Senate President Karen Fann had kept House Bill 2613 from getting a hearing in the Senate Rules Committee, which she chairs. Fann, a Prescott Republican, held the bill after details became public about sex crimes charges that former Rep. David Stringer had faced in Maryland in the early 1980s, saying it had become “muddied with what happened over the last few weeks.”

    Now, HB2613 moves to the full Senate after the Rules Committee gave it a green light on Monday.

    “She had wanted to give some time on the bill, given the Stringer issue, and despite any reservations she may have, she wanted to honor the speaker’s request to move the bill at this time,” said Mike Philipsen, a spokesman for Fann.

    Currently, most people who are required to register as sex offenders in Arizona are ineligible to ever be removed from that registry. Only people convicted of consensual sex with a minor who is at least 15 years old are eligible now, and only if they were under 22 years old at the time of the crime. HB2613 would make people convicted of a number of other sex crimes eligible to terminate their registration requirement.

    Offenders would have to be at least 35 years old, have gone at least 10 years without another felony or sex crime, and meet several other criteria in order to be able to petition a court to end their registration under HB2613.

    Jeremy Duda
    Associate Editor Jeremy Duda is a Phoenix native and began his career in journalism in 2003 after graduating from the University of Arizona. Prior to joining the Arizona Mirror, he worked at the Arizona Capitol Times, where he spent eight years covering the Governor's Office and two years as editor of the Yellow Sheet Report. Before that, he wrote for the Hobbs News-Sun of Hobbs, NM, and the Daily Herald of Provo, Utah. Jeremy is also the author of the history book “If This Be Treason: the American Rogues and Rebels Who Walked the Line Between Dissent and Betrayal.”

    3 COMMENTS

    1. It is far, far past time to stop pretending that the Registries are anything but idiotic social policy. Stop trying to polish the pile of excrement. No who support Registries can dare call themselves an American. They are harassing terrorists that need to be kicked out of America.

      But for the un-American terrorists who do support the Registries – where are the rest of them? No Gun Offender Registry?! Impossible! No lifetime DUI Registry?! No Registry for people who assault other people?! Invade homes? Rob people with weapons? Guess the terrorists don’t care about children after all.

    2. Even if the bill passes, it’s not likely to make a difference. It’ll only apply to a very small number of Arizona’s registrants, the litany of other requirements that the articles don’t talk about will probably make eligibility next to impossible, and in the end, it’ll be up to the judges, few of whom will likely grant such motions regardless of circumstance (less their own families, friends, and/or campaign contributors).

      Can’t help thinking that Bowers’ office has gotten some calls regarding the idiocy that the registry has become, and that this proposal is nothing more than an empty effort to appear reasonable while accomplishing nothing.

    3. Adolf Hitler would of been very Proud of America’s Unconditional Sex Offender Registration Scheme!!! It’s nothing but Vindictive Justice!!! It’s CRIMINAL PUNISHMENT being concealed as Civil Regulation!!! Our Politicians think We the People, are just stupid….It’s very scary this is happening in a FREE COUNTRY!!! There’s going to be a Criminal Registration for EVERYTHING in the Future!!! These are CRIMINAL POLITICIANS, passing FEAR BASED LAWS, that don’t work as promised!!! They need abolitionist!!!

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