WY: Committee Kills Bill Making It Harder For Sex Offenders To Get Off Wyoming Registry

Source: cowboystatedaily.com 2/13/2023

A proposed Wyoming law geared toward making fewer sex offenders able to get their names off the sex offender registry died in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday after lawmakers said the bill’s language confused, rather than clarified, the issue.

Committee Chairman Sen. Bill Landen, R-Casper, said he wants to resurrect a better version of the bill in time for next year’s legislative session.

Bill sponsor Rep. Christopher Knapp, R-Gillette, said he intended for House Bill 90 to broaden the category of sex offenders in Wyoming who cannot petition a judge to be removed from the sex offender registry.

Chambers said the bill would change portions of the state Sex Offender Registry Act without conforming the rest of the act, such as parts of the law addressing out-of-state offenders.

“We’re not capturing everybody,” said Chambers.

She said the bill’s exceptions allowing some offenders to apply to be de-registered after 25 years would not apply to people who’d committed sex crimes outside Wyoming, then moved to the state.

“So we’re missing a swath of folks,” she said.

Knapp said he’d be pleased to fix any loopholes and would like to see the bill advance after that.

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Wyoming registrants and supporters, KEEP AN EYE OUT for Knapp and horrible bill when it is resurrected. Then write, call and show up to educate the legislature. What we don’t know can hurt us

Well I know one lady who’s got the stats they’re after. Janice is goin’ country.

FYI – I read the WY statute as it stands today. The way I interpreted the statute is if you are a visitor and spend one night in the state, you are required to register. I seem to remember (but my memory is not good) you are on the registry for life as it currently reads.

If you visit Yellowstone, Grand Tetons or Jackson Hole, spend the night in Idaho and drive into these areas because it is less than an hour drive. I would be hesitate to drive across the state as it is large (I know from living there a long time ago). You don’t want to take a chance of your car breaking down. It is a long way between towns, the towns are small where you may not receive fast service and there are few towns. When I lived in the state, almost every business shut down by 6pm.

“….“We’re not capturing everybody,” said Chambers….”

In my opinion, the term “capturing” used by the legislator, in this context, reflects a specific intent to use the registry as “a trap”, or “a cage” which deprives citizens of their liberties and freedoms post-punishment. Thus, registration laws are intended as punishement, and not “civil regulation” as they falsely argue.

Case said he’d like to see the committee explore whether, and to what extent, people who have been removed from the registry go on to commit sex crimes.  

“That’s a stat I would like to know,” he said.  

It’s probably close to ZERO PERCENT!!!

I don’t know whoever would want to be a Wyoming registrant. Wisconsin and Florida are terrible but one of the interesting things about Wyoming is, every time you update your information, it cost you 31.25 in a fee. You make a new email address, 31.25. A week later you get a job, 31.25! A week later you buy a car, 31.25! And here’s the thing, it states that if you are new to Wyoming, that fee is $150! Here’s the information.

ii) Each time the offender is required to report updated information pursuant to subsection (e), (f), (k) or (m) of this section, the offender shall pay a state reporting fee in an amount not to exceed twenty-five dollars ($25.00) and a county reporting fee in an amount equal to twenty-five percent (25%) of the state reporting fee;

So think about it, if you were Wyoming would you want to lose one of your cash cows??????

We’re being used as “content” for easy political points, funding and security theater job security.

If you’re not mad as hell, now would be a good time to start.

Seriously?? These freaks (a/k/a vengeful lawmakers) need to find a new whipping horse!
Maybe Chinese balloons!!🎈