The proposed amendments to SORA in House Bill 5679 are:
- Giving sex offenders no more than three days to register or report status changes in person with local law enforcement.
- Requiring offenders to report all email addresses, social media names or other forms of “internet identifiers.” That would not apply retroactively to offenders prior to July 1, 2011, but anyone required to register after that date must comply.
- Requiring all telephone numbers and vehicles used by the offender to be reported. Previously, they didn’t need to report those used on a less regular basis.
- Allowing email addresses, social media usernames and other identifiers to be published on a public sex offender registry.
- Removing prohibitions for offenders from living, working or loitering near school property or “student safety zones.”
- No longer requiring an offender’s tier classification to be included on the public website. Law enforcement personnel who willfully fail to periodically report on offenders would face a penalty.