Monday, 25 March 2013

"They Have Paid Their Dues" - In The Land Of 'The Free'

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 public website."

Should sex offender have to pay an annual fee for their monitoring?

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