- Watch May 6, 2020 Michigan House of Representatives Judiciary Committee hearing, including discussion on House Bill 5679 which modifies the Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA)
- imposed annual fee.
- created federal SORNA-based 3-tier system;
- classified registrants retroactively into tiers based solely on offense;
- tier level determines length of registration and frequency of reporting;
- retroactively extended registration period to life for Tier III registrants;
- offense pre-dating registry results in registration if convicted of any new felony (“recapture” provision);
- in-person reporting for vast amount of information (like internet identifiers);
- “immediate” reporting for minor changes (like travel plans & email accounts).
- criminalized working within 1,000 feet of a school:
- criminalized living within 1,000 feet of a school;
- criminalized “loitering” within 1,000 feet of a school;
- increased penalties;
- created public email notification system.
- registrants’ photos posted on the internet;
- imposed registry fee, and made it a crime not to pay the fee.
- added new in-person reporting for higher educational settings.
- created internet-accessible registry;
- required quarterly or annual in-person registration;
- required fingerprinting and photographs;
- increased penalties for SORA violations;
- expanded categories of people required to register.
1994 SORA First Enacted:
- confidential, non-public, law enforcement database;
- no regular reporting requirements;
- revealing registry information is a crime & a tort (treble damages);
- 25 year inclusion in database, except repeat offenders;
- allowed limited public inspection of registry information.