H.R.3256 - Child Protection Act of 1993103rd Congress (1993-1994)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Geren, Pete [D-TX-12] (Introduced 10/12/1993)|
|Committees:||House - Judiciary|
|Latest Action:||House - 11/15/1993 Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime and Criminal Justice. (All Actions)|
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Introduced in House (10/12/1993)
[Congressional Bills 103th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [H.R. 3256 Introduced in House (IH)] 103d CONGRESS 1st Session H. R. 3256 To provide for the registration of persons convicted of sex offenses against children. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES October 12, 1993 Mr. Pete Geren of Texas introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To provide for the registration of persons convicted of sex offenses against children. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``Child Protection Act of 1993''. SEC. 2. REGISTRATION OF CONVICTED SEX OFFENDERS WHOSE VICTIMS ARE CHILDREN. (a) States To Register Persons Convicted of Sex Offenses Against Children.-- (1) In general.--Each State shall establish and maintain a registration program under this section requiring persons convicted of a sex offense against a victim who is a child to register a current address and other information that the Attorney General deems relevant, with a designated State law enforcement agency for 20 years after being released from prison or otherwise being freed from detention after the conviction becomes final. Each State shall permit members of the public to inquire whether any registered offenders live in their vicinity and whether a named individual is so registered. (2) Attorney general to establish guidelines.--The Attorney General shall establish guidelines for State registration programs under this section. (3) Mandatory elements of guidelines.--Such guidelines shall include provision for-- (A) a requirement that the State obtain the fingerprints, physical description, and current photographs of each registered person; (B) annual updating of the information contained in the registry by each registered person; (C) criminal penalties for failing to comply with the registration requirements; and (D) a toll-free phone number through which residents of the State may make the inquiries described in paragraph (1). (b) States To Report.-- (1) In general.--Each State shall report to the Attorney General, in such form and manner as the Attorney General shall prescribe-- (A) information about each conviction for a sex offense against a victim who is a child; and (B) the information on the registry that State is required to establish and maintain under subsection (a). (2) Annual summary of convictions.--The Attorney General shall publish an annual summary of convictions for sex offenses involving children, based on information reported under this section. (c) Sanction for Noncompliance by State.--If a State fails to comply with an obligation under subsection (a) or (b) during the period that begins 3 years after the date of the enactment of this Act, the allocation of funds under section 506 of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3756) shall be reduced by 25 percent, and the unallocated funds shall be reallocated to the States complying with those obligations. (d) Background Checks.-- (1) In general.--A State shall permit qualified entities to obtain from an authorized agency of the State a nationwide background check for the purpose of determining whether there is a report that a provider has been convicted of a background check crime. (2) Attorney general to provide information.--The Attorney General, in accordance with such rules and subject to such conditions as the Attorney General shall prescribe, shall provide to authorized agencies of States information possessed by the Department of Justice that would enable the agency to make the background check described in paragraph (1). In making such rules and setting such conditions, the Attorney General shall take care to assure-- (A) the currency and accuracy of the information; and (B) that the States maintain procedures to permit providers to check and correct information relating to such providers. (e) Definitions.--As used in this Act-- (1) the term ``child'' means a person who has not attained the age of 18 years; (2) the term ``sex offense'' means a criminal offense which includes as a element conduct that is a sexual act or sexual conduct as defined in section 2245 of title 18, United States Code; (3) the term ``State'' includes the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and any other territory or possession of the United States; (4) the term ``authorized agency of the State'' means the agency of the State the State designates to carry out the background checks described in subsection (d); (5) the term ``qualified entity'' means a business or organization of any sort that provides child education or child care or child education or child care placement services, including a business or organization that licenses or certifies others to provide such services; (6) the term ``provider'' means any person who-- (A) seeks or has contact with a child while that child is receiving care from a qualified entity; and (B) seeks employment or ownership of a qualified entity; and (7) the term ``background check crime'' means, with respect to a provider, any crime committed by that provider that, as determined under rules prescribed by the Attorney General, may affect the safety of children under the care of a qualified entity with respect to which that provider has a relationship described in paragraph (5). <all>