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AR: 6 new Arkansas sex offense bills including Halloween, grooming, positions of public trust, recording minors

[ – 2/26/19]


Click on each of these bills to read the details:

SB 10: Prohibiting a registered sex offender from participating in certain Halloween-related activities.

HB 1279: To amend the offense of sexually grooming a child.

SB 183: To prohibit certain registered sex offenders from holding a position of public trust.

SB 8: To prohibit a registered sex offender from recording a person under fourteen (14) years of age in certain circumstances; and to prohibit the unlawful use of a recording of a person under fourteen (14) years of age online.

SB 351: To amend the law concerning the registration requirements of a sex offender.

HB 1009: Prohibiting certain sex offenders from entering upon a school campus.


Click here to see the full 2/26/19 agenda of all bills


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At some point, you have to just laugh at the ridiculousness of certain proposals.

There has to be staffers who do nothing but research other state’s registrant laws like a catalogue to choose what may work for consideration. Has to be…

From HB 1009: (c) It is not a violation of this section if the sex offender: (1) Is less than twenty-two (22) years of age and is a student enrolled in a grade kindergarten through grade twelve (K-12) program; LOL. Seriously? How many 22 year old Arkansans are still in K-12 if they needed to add this exception? SB 10: Ah, yes. Gardner’s Halloween wisdom. Just to see what he’d do, I’m tempted to go to Arkansas in June, dress in a costume, and hand out candy to kids in a park. SB 8: Doesn’t Arkansas forbid registrants from social… Read more »

Oh yeah. Forbidding registrants from positions of “public trust.” Aren’t all felons f=precluded from those? Why the need to exclude registrants?

Not all RCs are felons, some are misdemeanants.

True enough. So apparently the purpose of this particular proposal is to eliminate dumpster pissers, streakers, and high schoolers who reached majority before their significant others from positions of public trust.

Guess it makes more sense if you don’t think about it too much.

Wow, what’s going on in AR, sheesh. They have draconian laws too, wow. There was another bill posted, that registered offenders couldnt post photos of someone under the age of 14 on social media.

Are there no consequences for a legislative official for writing bills like the ones above?

Why only 2 weeks before and after Halloween? What if there are children at a work party? I’m surprised they didnt suggest a Rso cant hand out candy at anytime during the year. Ugh. Makes my head spin.

Wow, don’t try to make sense of it. It really is just shockingly stupid. I know people who support the Registries are stupid but it is just really, really hard for me to believe that anyone with ANY sense thinks that these “laws” are needed. Hard to believe. I’ve got to think all they are doing is pandering and they really don’t think it will do anything. I said it before though, I do love watching these pathetic, criminal legislators groveling around desperately looking for some “$EX offender” things to do. They look just like the pathetic idiots that they… Read more »

Reading some of the other bills up for discussion, I’m not surprised.

Hb 1520, inmates last meal. They want it to be whatever they have on hand.


As someone who has seen people from all walks of life come onto the sex registry the sex registry does a lot more harm than good the way its set up now in my opinion. It provides a false sense of security that isnt real we dont do this for drug addicts, people with DWIs most likely to keep drinking and driving, we dont do this cruel punishment with any other offenses. The public most of the time turns around and breaks more laws with the information such as to harrass, defame, or other acts of violence towards these people.… Read more »

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