The Franklin County Sheriff’s office posted some comments on their Facebook page, seeking public input on two companion bills (one in House, one in Senate) being debated in Olympia.
:House Bill 1080 and Senate Bill 5244 would create a database for domestic violence offenders, similar to that which has been out for years for sex offenders. The Sheriff’s Department clarifies what the bills would do. Here’s part of that commentary:
“House Bill 1080 and companion Bill SB 5244 would mandate the registry of persons convicted of a serious violence offense against a family or household member. The “family/household” definition is a fairly long list including children, parents, spouse, ex-spouse, roommates, etc.. The bill defines “serious violence offense” as a felony domestic violence conviction, or a second misdemeanor conviction.
The law in essence would require, as part of sentencing, that the Judge require the person to register much in the same way that sex offenders are required to register now.