IA: Iowa Capitol Digest: Lawmakers discuss the sex offender registry, traffic speed and housing

[nonpareilonline.com – 3/18/21]

The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced legislation that would require any individual on a sex offender registry in another state who moves to Iowa to be placed on Iowa’s sex offender registry for as long as they are required in the other state, or by Iowa law, whichever is longer.

Sen. Zach Whiting, R-Spirit Lake, said state law enforcement officials expressed concern that some individuals may have moved to Iowa in order to avoid other states’ registry requirements.

House File 201 already passed the House, 88-0, and is now eligible for debate by the full Senate.

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These type of laws treating sex offenders differently based on the jurisdiction in which they were convicted have been struck down elsewhere; the Oklahoma Supreme Court in Hendricks v. Jones. You can’t say a sex offender who is convicted in Florida then moves to Iowa must register for life. But an offender who commits a similiar offence in Iowa can get off in 15 years (or what ever length Iowa law says). Equal protection clause, baby!

So basically, which ever is longer : An eternity in hell or the registry. I choose hell.

My mom bought a house in Denver Colorado a couple of years ago so I called up there to see what I needed to do if I moved out there the registration officer I talked to had a very bad attitude and said first off you can’t just move out here and asked for my moms address out there in Denver.
I laughed and said calm down I’m just trying find out some information he replied whatever your registration requirements are in California that they would be mirrored out there.
So basically if California says you can petition for removal after 10-20 years but you live in Denver you still can petition out there for removal outher states can’t override another state terms and conditions after sentencing

Good luck

People move to other states so they start their life a new in a state with less restrictions on registrants. I bet this lawmaker has no problem with other criminals who move to Iowa bringing their unknown record to Iowa communities!! Ah no the ones who have laws passed with the widest brush along with fear mongering forever latex paint are a threat to communities. This Spirit Lake representative truly represents Dickson County due to him acting like a dick!!