Mar 24, 2013
Michigan sex offenders could face new fees
"Bill stirs debate over who should pay for registry
A bill to require the more than 40,000 people on Michigan’s sex offender registry to pay an annual fee is igniting a debate over who should bear the costs for operating and maintaining the state’s system used to track offenders.
Registered sex offenders already are required to pay a one-time $50 fee, but some lawmakers want to charge them $50 every year to cover the $600,000 a year cost to operate the database. The state says the move could bring in about $540,000 more in revenue annually.
Sex offenders “put themselves onto this registry by their actions,” [uh, no, you did, when you chose to prosecute them] said Republican Sen. Rick Jones of Grand Ledge, who is sponsoring the legislation that is headed to the Senate floor, but not yet scheduled for a vote. “Therefore, they need to pay a fee to maintain it.”" [uh, no, you do, you made the laws, not them]
Posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Governor signs Jones bill that will protect children from sexual predators [sic]
"Public Act 2 of 2013 (Senate Bill 44) amends the Sex Offenders
Registration Act (SORA) to require that a registered sex offender
convicted of certain Tier 1 offences against minors to be listed on the
Should sex offender have to pay an annual fee for their monitoring?