Proposal Would Replace Age-Verification Legislation
Speaker Amann, Rep. Lawlor and Rep. Dargan (pictured) are proposing a sort of online Megan’s Law, which will require sex offenders to register email addresses and other forms of online identification. This proposal is supported by social networking sites like MySpace, and replaces an earlier bill which proposed that sites like MySpace and possibly even blogs like this one and My Left Nutmeg verify users’ ages.
From a press release issued by House Democrats:
Legislation proposed by Amann and Rep. Michael Lawlor (D-East Haven), and supported by Connecticuts Chief States Attorney Kevin Kane , requires a convicted sex offender to register any email address, instant message address, and any other Internet identifiers with the Department of Public Safety. Failure to comply will carry the same penalties for not reporting an offenders physical addresses, which carries a jail term of up to 5 years (class D felony)..
Connecticut was one of the first states to enact Megans Law, and now in the information age we must update those statutes so that law enforcement will have the proper tools to stay one step ahead of sex predators online, said Lawlor, who serves as House Chair of the Legislatures Judiciary Committee.
I imagine that enforcement will still be very difficult, but this makes an awful lot more sense that the proposal to require social networking sites to verify ages. This is a step in the right direction, certainly.
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