Senate Republican Caucus Secures Critical Public Safety Measure in
Senate’s Supp Budget
Amendment Requires Sex Offender Board to Update Inefficient Regs
– With the
Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and Court of Appeals reversing and
remanding decisions made by the Sex Offender Registry Board due to inappropriate
application of factors used for classification criteria and other actions, the
Senate Republican Caucus secured an amendment to a supplemental budget debated
during yesterday’s Senate session that would require the agency to revise its
regulations within 60 days of the bill’s passage.
the immediate threat to public safety of remanded and reversed classifications,
Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester), Assistant Minority Leader
Robert Hedlund (R-Weymouth), Assistant Minority Leader Richard Ross
(R-Wrentham), Senate Minority Whip Donald Humason (R-Westfield), Assistant
Minority Whip Ryan Fattman (R-Webster) and Vinny deMacedo (R-Plymouth) the
Ranking Republican on the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, filed the measure
to compel the agency to fix the impermissible regulations.
Absent the changes being sought in the
amendment, the registry could continue to make classification decisions that
are remanded or overturned, resulting in many sex offenders not being required
to register until their cases were properly resolved.
The changes in regulations sought by the
amendment should prevent or minimize that result.
safety depends on timely and accurate classification of sex offenders, and
having cases repeatedly overturned undermines those goals,” said Senator
“Having regulations that can
withstand judicial scrutiny will go a long way toward preventing unnecessary
delays and disruption of timely classifications and registrations.”
The bill now goes back to the House
of Representatives for further consideration.