Colorado’s House Bill 18-1427 to eliminate conflicts of interests within the state’s Sex Offender Management Board seemed like a sure thing.
The measure had not only bipartisan support but also support of D.A.’s that prosecute sex offenders and the ACLU. Isn’t this the “dream team” that government wants, all sides coming together for the good of the people and agreeing to support a bill.
So on Monday, when Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper suddenly “VETOED” the legislation which was aimed at eliminating anything that could be perceived as a “conflict of interest” within the Sex Offender Treatment Board, it left many scratching their heads.
Why the veto?
Governor Hickenlooper called the bill “redundant and overbroad.” (I wonder if he’s ever considered the “over broadness” of the registry)?
The Governor’s concern was that the bill would remove much needed experts from state boards and commissions.
Well, yes Governor, that’s the whole point, to remove those experts that are profiting in some way from the very policies they set, such as those that have contracts with the state, say for example those that provide polygraphs or other testing of sex offenders. Yes, it would remove all of those experts who, when they were vetted for their positions, mentioned or maybe failed to mention that they stood to personally profit in some way by being on the Sex Offender Treatment Board.