House to Debate Sex Offender Fee to Support Electronic Registry

2013-02-05T17:19:00Z House to Debate Sex Offender Fee to Support Electronic RegistryThe Associated Press The Associated Press
February 05, 2013 5:19 pm  • 

BOISE — An Idaho House committee has agreed to introduce a bill that would double the fees charged to sex offenders to help pay for a statewide electronic registry.

The bill pushed by the Idaho Sheriff's Association was introduced Tuesday in the House Judiciary, Rules and Administration Committee.

Some of Idaho's biggest counties — including Ada, Canyon and Kootenai — are already plugged into an electronic network tracking addresses and movement of sex offenders on probation or parole. But many smaller counties still track and exchange sex offender movement on paper.

Sheriff's Association lobbyist Michael Kane says doubling the $40 annual fee offenders now pay would raise about $150,000.

The money would be enough to bring all Idaho counties online and link Idaho's network into a similar database shared by 35 other states.

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  1. jdyreson
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    jdyreson - February 06, 2013 11:31 pm
    Perhaps simply keeping them in prison might work. Personaly the death penalty seems reasonable enough.
  2. rolias_mot
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    rolias_mot - February 06, 2013 8:36 am
    The problem is most sex offenders have trouble finding jobs, so doubling the fee for an already poverty-stricken population is pretty much pointless.

    Oh wait I forgot, the authority figures want to be like the big govt in D.C.! Silly me, yes go ahead and find ways to tax and charge and fee everyone to death. You might say "Who cares about sex offenders?" What you don't realize is, you're next...

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