MI Senator Goes After Homeless Sex Offenders

March 10, 2010

monroenews.com: Richardville introduces sex offender registry bills .

State Sen. Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, recently introduced legislation to ensure registration of all sex offenders — including the homeless. The legislation is designed to ensure that all sex offenders are registered with the state by establishing requirements for homeless sex offenders, a news release said.

Sen. Richardville and members of the Senate began working on the four-bill package following the Michigan Court of Appeals’ ruling last month that homeless sex offenders do not have to register because they lack a “residence” as defined by law.

The legislative package would require homeless individuals to comply with the Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA) and provide requirements for registering. Sponsored by Sen. Richardville, Senate Bill 1208 would amend the section of law dealing with the reporting requirements to include the new provisions pertaining to homeless individuals. The appeals court’s ruling on the case, the People of the State of Michigan vs. Randall Lee Dowdy, stemmed from Mr. Dowdy arguing he could not register with the SORA because he was homeless.

The four bills have been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee for further consideration.
(We need the bill numbers of these other three)

Contact this Senator, who wants to usurp the Court of Appeals decision, here: http://www.senate.michigan.gov/gop/senators/Richardville.asp?District=17
Office Address: 205 Farnum
Mailing Address: Senator Randy Richardville, P.O. Box 30036, Lansing, MI 48909-7536
(517) 373-3543 , Fax: (517) 373-0927
Email: senrichardville@senate.michigan.gov

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