Revised Sex-Offender Bill Wins Legislative OK, What Do You Think [Poll]
This morning on LFN we had a spirited debated over a bill that was vetoed by Gov. Perry in 2009, but was passed again on Tuesday. Supporters say they are now confident that the Governor will sign the piece of legislation. The House passed the legislation by a vote of 136-5 and it will now be sent to Perry’s desk. So what is the bill all about? Here are the details from the Star-Telegram:
The bill is designed to exempt a young defendant from being required to register as a sex offender if the individual was involved in consensual sex with someone no more than four years younger. The proposed statute would also require that the victim or intended victim be at least 15 years old, instead of 13 in the 2009 bill.
Under current law, according to a legislative analysis of the bill, there is no such thing as consensual sex with a minor in Texas. Currently, a man who is 18, 19 or 20 in a consensual sexual relationship with a girl under 17 could be convicted of sexual assault of a minor and would be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
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