Today@NCCapitol (June 22): Changes to drug insurance, sex offender laws on agenda

Posted June 22

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— Good morning and welcome to Today@NCCapitol for Wednesday, June 22. Here's what's going on around the legislature:

SENATE FLOOR (Noon): The state Senate is scheduled to take up a bill that bans child sex offenders from certain locations frequented by children. The chamber is also expected to take up a bill allowing all local governments to donate police dogs to their handlers when the dogs retire. WRAL.com plans to carry this session live online.

HOUSE FLOOR (11 a.m.): The House is expected to vote on four measures returning from the state Senate, including one making changes to various transportation laws.

COMMITTEES: The General Assembly publishes a full committee calendar daily. Here are some of the things we're watching:

House Insurance (1 p.m.): The House Insurance Committee will review a bill that would speed patient access to new drugs.

House Finance (2:30 p.m.): The House Finance Committee will take up bills exempting police body camera video from the public records law and a measure that would help businesses raise money from small investors and ensure certain tax rulings were available for public inspection. WRAL.com plans to carry this meeting live online.


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  • Shelly Stow Jun 22, 10:05 a.m.
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    In addition to there being no evidence of the need for such legislation, there is no evidence that these types of restrictions accomplish any public safety goals. They don't reduce repeat offenses, and they don't result in fewer victims. Most child victims are molested in their homes or other "safe" places by those close to them in their lives. Focusing on strangers on the registry in public places is a huge waste of resources and detracts from the goal of helping children.

  • Shelly Stow Jun 22, 10:01 a.m.
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    Where is the evidence supporting the need for this legislation? How many children have been abducted from or molested in a public "child-oriented" location by someone on the registry? Could we see some facts and some numbers, please?

  • Shelly Stow Jun 22, 9:59 a.m.
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    What I would like to see as part of this discussion are some facts and numbers. How many individuals on the sex offender registry have been arrested for molesting or abducting a child from any of the targeted areas in (fill in the blank) years? Ever? Where is the evidence of need for this legislation?

  • Jim Williams Jun 22, 9:29 a.m.
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    This legislation is good, if it is doing what I think it says. Are they now making a distinction on the registry between those whose offenses involved children, and those whose offenses did not involve children. Right now they combine them, and this causes problems. A lot of school systems in NC will force a student to leave school if they are on the SO registry, even though their offense did not involve children. RE: receipt of a selfie from a 17 yo gf, dating a 17 yo gf, streaking, flashing, sending an unrequested inappropriate picture. We have enough drop outs and homeless people we use resources on we do not need to add more people to those populations. Plus right now SO's cannot go to parent/teacher conferences if they are on the registry even though their offenses did not involve children. As a lawyer put it, a lot of people are making money off a system that is not making anyone safer. His opinion, which I share, is they need to make the registry comprised of only felons