During the 2012 legislative session, a bill was proposed that would have made failure by an adult to report violent crimes against children a felony. According to the Idaho Statesman, prosecutors feel the failed bill was the best chance to expand penalties for adults who fail to report such abuse.

Sen. Denton Darrington, R-Declo, head of the Senate Judiciary and Rules Committee, is retiring from the Legislature, and with him reviving a similar bill might not happen during the 2013 legislative session.

The bill aimed to deter adults from simply looking the other way. The idea is if a person knows turning a blind eye could cause him or her to be charged with a felony, that person is more likely to do the right thing and report the abuse.

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  1. My thoughts on some of these, for wteeavhr they’re worth:NB 5503 I’m opposed to this type of legislation generally, but specifically, this is poorly drafted. Two problems I’ll mention now. (1)Why does this residency restriction apply to registrants who were not convicted of offenses involving minors? (2)A practical problem I see as coming up (an argument we will probably have to make in the future): John Doe now/at the time of the enactment of the statute resides within 1000 feet of an elementary school. In 2008, he will be charged and convicted with a sex offense requiring registration. Will he be exempt from this restriction by subsection (b)? In other words, does (b) exempt those people who at the time of the enactment of the restriction live within 1000 feet of a school AND are currently required to register? Or can Mr. Doe claim exemption for future registration because he had an established residence within 1000 feet at the time of the enactment? Maybe I am being too literal, but I don’t think this is clear.HB 7365 LOVE IT! It’s about time.SB 0708 You know, I thought the idea behind the sex offender registry and the winning argument against its opponents was that sex offenders were of a special threat to our children and community. I guess, as a society, we’re willing to allow employers, landlords and members of our communities to treat those convicted of sex offenses as less than human. It’s okay for their neighbors to know their business, for their landlords to evict them and for their bosses to fire them, because we’re just protecting our children from these predators by disseminating the information. And apparently now we’ve slid down the slope far enough to believe violent offenders also qualify for this treatment. Awesome.

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