CA: New Megan's Law Bill.
January 9, 2003
California lawmakers unveiled new plans Thursday to improve the Megan's Law sex offender registry. It comes after a report revealed that the state has lost track of more than 30,000 sex offenders.
The new bill would require law enforcement to report to the state the exact number of sex offenders who register every year in the area.
State senator Dean Florez says the current registry is on an honor system and it's just not working.
Lawmakers are also calling for a state audit of the sex offender registry and a committee to examine other improvements that can be made to the system.
$15 million price tag to fix Megan's Law
It would cost $15 million to $20 million annually to provide enough local police to track the more than 33,000 convicted sex offenders who are missing from California's Megan's Law database, estimates the state's top law enforcement officer.
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