House committee substitute makes the following changes to the 1st edition.
Adds a new section explicitly setting out the intent of the General Assembly is to offset administrative costs to law enforcement to maintain and update the sex offender registry by creating a civil fee for sex offender registration.
Modifies proposed GS 14-208.7A(a), specifying that each sex offender must pay a $90 registration fee on the anniversary of the offender's initial registration date each year the offender is required to register. Adds to subsection (b), authorizing the Attorney General to bring a civil action to recover delinquent fees within 10 years of the date fees were due. Makes further technical changes.
Modifies the proposed conforming changes to GS 15A-1343(b2) and GS 15A-1368.4(b1) (concerning special conditions for probation and post-release supervision for persons required to register with the Sex Offender and Public Protection Registration Program). Amends subdivision (1) of each subsection, requiring registration as required by Article 27A of GS Chapter 14 as a special condition if the offense is a reportable conviction as defined by GS 14-208.6(4) (was, specifies registration as required by GS 14-208.7). Makes conforming change to delete the proposed new subdivision (1a) of each subsection, which required payment of the initial and annual registration fees pursuant to new GS 14-208.7A (now encompassed in the Article 27A language in subdivision (1) as amended).
Adds to the existing requirements that must be met for the court to grant a petitioner's request for termination of the registration requirement set out in GS 14-208.12A(a1). Requires the petitioner to also demonstrate that he or she has paid the initial registration fee, if the petitioner initially registered after October 1, 2017, and subsequent annual registration fees, beginning October 1, 2017, as required by new GS 14-208.7A. Makes clarifying and technical changes.
Deletes all specific application provisions set out in Section 4 of the act.
Bill H 684 (2017-2018)Summary date: May 23 2017 - View summary
Bill H 684 (2017-2018)Summary date: Apr 10 2017 - View summary
Enacts new GS 14-208.7A, requiring persons who are required to register with the Sex Offender and Public Protection Registration Program to pay an initial registration fee of $90 at the time of initial registration, and an annual registration fee of $90, due on the anniversary of the date of registration. Requires sheriffs to register persons, regardless of whether they pay the fee under this statute. Authorizes the Attorney General to recover fees that go unpaid for more than one year in a civil action. Provides for the allocation of the collected fees to be used to cover the cost of collection and registration. Does not apply to juveniles required to register under GS Chapter 14, Article 27A, Part 4.
Makes conforming changes to GS 15A-1343(b2) and GS 15A-1368.4(b1) (concerning special conditions for probation and post-release supervision for persons required to register with the Sex Offender and Public Protection Registration Program).
Effective December 1, 2017. The requirement to pay an initial registration fee applies to all adult persons who initially register on or after that date. The requirement to pay an annual registration fee applies to all adult persons registered on or after that date. The probation and post-release supervision requirements apply to persons placed on probation or post-release supervision on or after that date.