I would like to clarify that there are actually two, nearly identically-named (and destructive) bills entitled, more-or-less, “International Megan’s Law” originating in both Houses of Congress. This has been the source of some confusion.
The House bill has an estimated 15% chance of passing and the Senate bill 9%. These estimations are provided by the GovTrack website (and I hope they are correct).[But do keep in mind that we are being prevented from traveling, right now, without those bills.]
H.R. 515 in the U.S. House and sponsored, as always, By Chris Smith of New Jersey.
S.1867 in the U.S. Senate and sponsored by Richard Shelby of Alabama.
Since we are in the first session of the 114th Congress (which lasts for two years), we, unfortunately, have more than a year during which these bills are still in play.
Please note that the above-web pages to these two bills offer a wonderful way to communicate to your elected representatives in Congress your desire to DEFEAT these bills. It asks for your address and phone number and then calls you and connects you directly to that representative’s office. It even provides a very brief script for you to read to express your view. They make it extremely easy to voice your disapproval.
Regardless of these two bills, however, we need to keep in mind that there is already a regime to frustrate Registrant’s ability to travel internationally, through administrative law facilitated by the Adam Walsh Act.
Defeating this policy is every bit as important as defeating the bills now before Congress.
Please join with us in doing so. Please contact Paul Rigney to help us challenge them head-on. firstname.lastname@example.org
– by David Kennerly
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