(KCPW News) Several bills regarding sex offenders were discussed on Capitol Hill today. The House Judiciary Committee approved a bill modifying a law passed last year, which required sex offenders to disclose their online IDs and passwords to the Department of Corrections. Bill sponsor Representative Jim Bird said under this new amendment, offenders would not have to disclose their passwords, and their user names would not be made public. But he emphasized the importance of knowing offenders' online identities.
"When your daughter comes up missing and the computer is on and the last known identifier on the computer says Charlie Brown 123, would you not want to know who that person is? Because he would know where, or have the potential to know where your child is, so if police or law enforcement can take that information and find out where that daughter is, perhaps we can save some lives. It's very, very important," Bird said.
That bill will now be voted on in the House. Another bill would require sex offenders whose victims were under 14 to have written permission to be with a child that age. It was considered by the House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee. Juab County Sheriff Alden Orem testified in favor of it.
"We are out there trying to protect our most valuable resource, our children, and when you explain to the parents that if this perpetrator would have actually got the child and taken them that then we could do something, but where we just can't do anything because all he did was just attempt the solicitation of the child. It's really a place where we are lacking," Orem said.
Another bill presented in the same committee would require sex offenders to register with local law enforcement agencies when they move. Bill Sponsor Representative Kenneth Sumsion said it would allow local police to be more aware of sex offenders in their jurisdiction.