Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Maybe They Just Don't Like You?

Exhibit A:

Majority party ignores Angel's sex offender GPS monitoring bill

Port Orchard lawmaker calls on public to keep measure alive

Despite repeated requests for a hearing on a bill that would provide global positioning system (GPS) real-time monitoring of certain sex offenders, Rep. Jan Angel says her calls were never returned by the committee chairman. Angel says the bill might be dead this year, unless the public responds to keep it alive.

House Bill 1834 would require electronic GPS monitoring of all Level 3 sex offenders and sex offenders who are registered as homeless, transient, or have a prior conviction of failing to register.

"We have an opportunity to protect vulnerable citizens with new, effective technology, and yet the majority party completely ignores this legislation. How can majority leaders turn a blind eye to those who have been victimized by sex offenders?" asked Angel. "Weeks or months from now when another sex offender strikes, how do we tell the parents of a child who has been victimized, and whose life has been changed forever, that we could have helped to prevent it through GPS monitoring, but obviously it wasn't important enough to even warrant a hearing?"
Exhibit B:

Eryk's Law approved by House of Representatives

Eryk's Law, first introduced and co-sponsored by Rep. Mike Hope, R-Lake Stevens, was passed today off the floor of the House of Representatives. Eryk's Law (House Bill 2279) was heard and voted out of the public safety committee just Friday, March 6. It was approved by the full House 96-0.

If signed into law, the bill would require a review of sentencing guidelines for child abuse convictions and prevent child abusers from working with children under the age of 13 in a paid or volunteer capacity.
The humour that I find in this is that these two posts to the House Republican RSS feed are literally right next to each other in Google Reader.

But please, Rep. Angel, before saying that the majority party doesn't care, ask caucus mate Mike Hope how things are going for him.



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