State lawmakers are weighing whether to give judges more leeway to eliminate the requirement that certain people register for life as sex offenders.
A measure approved Thursday by the Senate Judiciary Committee would allow people convicted of certain sex crimes, when they turn 35, to petition to be absolved of the mandate.
Not everyone would be eligible.
The legislation pushed by House Speaker Rusty Bowers would apply only in situations where the offender was younger than 22 at the time and the victim was at least 15 if the sexual contact was consensual. It also would apply to things like trying to lure a minor for sex if it turns out that the “victim” was actually a peace officer posing as someone at least 15.
HB 2613 also would be limited to those convicted of one offense involving a single victim and cannot have been convicted of any other felony for at least 10 years after being sentenced.
And some categories of crimes would not qualify including sexual assault, child molestation and child prostitution.