Governor to sign new laws on sex offender registry

LANSING — State Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, reports that Gov. Rick Snyder will sign the new sex offender registry bills into law at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 12.

The bills will bring the state into compliance with the federal Adam Walsh Child Protection Act. Offenders will be put into three tiers. The most dangerous offenders will be added to the list for life and will be required to report to the police every three months.

The proposals will also take “Romeo and Juliet” cases off the offender list. These cases are typically described as a 17-year-old boyfriend involved with a 15-year-old girlfriend.

The purpose of the proposed laws is to make the sex offender registry list more effective for Michigan residents to check on offenders in their neighborhood.