Rep. Peter G. Palumbo (D-Dist.16, Cranston) announced the introduction today of new legislation to deal with sex offenders in the state of Rhode Island. Mr. Palumbo's legislation is entitled 2013-H-5557: An Act relating to Criminal Offenses-Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification.
The new legislation was introduced by Rep. Palumbo, Rep. John J. DeSimone (D-Dist. 5, Providence), Rep. Raymond H. Johnston Jr. (D-Dist. 61, Pawtucket), Rep. John M. Carnevale (D-Dist. 13, Johnston and Providence) and Rep. Donald J. Lally Jr. (D-Dist. 33, Narragansett and South Kingston).
2013-H-5557 amends the current law regulating the registration of sex offenders in the state of Rhode Island, in order to implement Title I of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006.
This proposed bill would cover many offenses currently cover under existing state law. Some of these offenses include child molestation, attempted sexual assault, trafficking of a minor, and child pornography.
According to a press release released by the General Assembly, 2013-H-5557 would move responsibility of notification from individual cities and towns to the Rhode Island State Police. The state police would have the obligation to inform Rhode Island residents when sex offenders move into their communities.
The legislation has been referred to the House Finance Committee.