“We want to go back to the original intent of this bill.” House Bill 1700 would remove some offenders from the registry, such as those guilty of promoting obscenity, second- and third-degree sexual misconduct, such as exposing oneself, or furnishing pornographic materials to minors.
The bill received near unanimous and overwhelmingly bipartisan support in the Republican-controlled House and now advances to the Senate.
A similar bill proposed last year never got a final vote.
An earlier version of this year’s bill proposed putting sexual offenders in a tiered system.
The changes also would allow more offenders to petition to get off the registry after 10 or 20 years from the registration date, depending on the offense.