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    The Children's Safety Act

    http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c109:H.R.4472.IH:

    The Children’s Safety Act was introduced and authored by Congressman F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr., the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee on December 8, 2005.

    Although the House of Representatives passed HR 3132 in 2005, it languished in the United States Senate because of the inclusion of so called “poison pill” amendments.

    The updated version of the Children's Safety Act
    attempts to ease Senate concerns by removing objectionable amendments: most notably Title X – The Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention amendment.

    The Children's Safety Act will include the following provisions:

    Improves Sex Offender Registration and Notification Program to ensure that sex offenders register, and keep current, where they reside, work and attend school;

    Improves verification systems for sex offender information by requiring monthly verification, sex offender in-person verification every six months, and regular notarized verification mailings;

    Requires States to have a uniform, public access sex offender registration website;

    Creates Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website to search for sex offender information in each community;

    Expands sex offenders to include juvenile sex offenders;

    Requires States to notify each other when sex offender moves from one State to another;

    Expands sex offenses covered by registration and notification requirements to include military, tribal, foreign, sex crimes, and increases duration of registration requirements to protect the public;

    Expands community notification requirements to include active efforts to inform law enforcement agencies, schools, public housing, social service agencies and volunteer organizations in area where sex offender resides, works or attends school;

    Creates new criminal penalty of mandatory minimum of 5 years to maximum of 20 years for sex offender who fails to comply with registration requirements;

    Expands law enforcement use of DNA to solve sex crimes;
    Prevents and deters violent crimes against children and sexual exploitation of children

    Protects foster children from sexual abuse and exploitation;

    Increases criminal penalties against child sexual predators.

    Common denominators inherent in all politicians include their ability to count votes and their desire to either secure reelection or seek the next rung on the ladder. There is an unwritten rule that each issue related concern that is brought to their attention represents 100 constituents who have not and will not take the time to convey their concerns via personal communications. By skillfully utilizing the US Senate Contact list that we have provided you will be able to make your voice heard. Tell the Senators to support and vote for the Children’s Safety Act. Together we can change the world.

    To read the entire bill please go here.

    http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c109:H.R.4472.IH:

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    http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h109-3132

    By clicking on the above link you can see what is happening with this Bill. You can see how the Representatives from each state voted and contact them dircetly from links provided there.

    Congressional Votes

    Sep 14, 2005: This bill passed in the House of Representatives by roll call vote. (Roll 470.) The totals were: 371 Ayes, 52 Nays, 10 Present/Not Voting. [View Details]


    Blue = Aye, Red = Nay, Green = No Vote, Purple = Senators Mixed
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    thanks shadow...went to site linked and found on right hand side..a little box that can be scrolled down on status of legislation on child abuse



    http://www.govtrack.us/congress/subj...=Child%20abuse

    lots introduced in 2005... including sex offenders, child modeling, etc.

    this may be a good place to check to see status of these bills and how elected officials vote or to encourage them to vote on issue.

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    I posted this on Crime & Punishment forum at About.com just now. We should post this everywhere crime is discussed so we can help get the word out.

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    That's a great link, Petra.

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    We are Pushing!!!!

    ERIN RUNNION, MARK LUNSFORD AND MARC KLAAS TO APPEAR ON THE NANCY GRACE SHOW TO DISCUSS THEIR TRIP TO WASHINGTON D.C. FOR THE CHILDREN’S SAFETY ACT

    Sausalito, Calif., Leading Child Safety Activists Erin Runnion, Mark Lunsford and Marc Klaas will appear on the Nancy Grace Show Monday, February 27, 2006 at 8:00 pm EST on CNN Headline News. The topic of discussion will be their trip to Washington D.C. to lobby for The Children’s Safety Act .

    The Children’s Safety Act, authored by James F. Sensenbrenner (R-WI), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, is by far the most comprehensive legislation to date for protecting children from violent criminals.
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    I've posted it around a couple of places.
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


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    I can't imgaine anyone closing their doors in D.C. to this trio.

    Klaas, Runion and Lunsford. What a powerful group.

    There is no reason now why this law shouldn't pass. We need to let our Senators know that we are watching what they do on this bill.

    Now is not the time for us to sit back. Now is the time for us to act.
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    CAll me stupid But when does the Seanate vote on this Bill?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JDB
    CAll me stupid But when does the Seanate vote on this Bill
    I don't think it's scheduled for a vote.

    Here is a press release about the event. Note the last line of the last paragraph.
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    ERIN RUNNION, MARC KLAAS AND MARK LUNSFORD TRAVEL TO WASHINGTON SEEKING SUPPORT FOR CHILD PROTECTION ACT

    Parents of murdered children demand federal leadership in the fight to
    protect nation's children from violent criminals


    Newport Beach, Calif. - February 21, 2006 - Erin Runnion, Mark Lunsford and
    Marc Klaas have announced plans to travel together to Washington, D.C. to
    seek federal support for HR 3132, known as the Children's Safety Act. The
    three parents, each of whom has become a leading advocate for child
    protection after losing a child to a sexual predator, are joining forces to
    implore members of Congress to support this comprehensive initiative. They
    will arrive in Washington on February 26 and plan to meet with leaders of
    both the House and Senate to secure votes for the bill.

    "The three of us together are a powerful and undeniable
    statement. Our names have become synonymous with the tragedy of violenceagainst children. We are traveling to Washington to remind our political leaders that we must do all we can to protect our children, because the risk is so great," said Erin Runnion, whose daughter Samantha was abducted and murdered by a pedophile in California in July 2002. "There are laws and programs to protect children at local and state levels, but it will take a national movement to ensure that our children are safe. The federal
    government has a solemn responsibility to show leadership here, protecting
    the Pollys, Jessicas and Samanthas who are still with us, and putting their
    best interests ahead of all others."

    The Children's Safety Act, authored by James F. Sensenbrenner
    (R-WI), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, is by far the most
    comprehensive legislation to date for protecting children from violent
    criminals. The bill addresses a wide range of issues including: electronic
    monitoring and much stricter registration requirements for sex offenders;
    mandatory minimum sentences for sex offenders; increased support for law
    enforcement agencies for training, outreach, investigation and enforcement
    relating to sex offenders; increased federal guidelines for the use of DNA
    in locating missing persons and prosecuting offenders; and has provisions
    for a national fingerprint database for everyone who works with children.

    "This important legislation creates much stronger penalties for
    individuals who rape children, and provides better tools for law enforcement
    to track and monitor sex offenders who have been returned to society," said
    Mark Lunsford, whose daughter Jessica was abducted from her Florida home and murdered by a registered sex offender in March 2005. "It makes it much more difficult for sex offenders to ignore registration requirements, and gives
    communities vital information by creating a national online sex offender
    website that is available to the public."

    "We are fighting for this bill on behalf of the 72 million
    children under the age of 18 in this country who deserve our best efforts to
    protect them," said Marc Klaas, father of Polly Klaas who was kidnapped from
    a sleepover in her own bedroom and murdered by a convicted sex offender in
    California in 1993. "Our mission is to impress upon Congress the urgency
    that this bill deserves, and persuade them to do the right thing and pass it
    as soon as possible."

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    We Won't Give Up On The Children's Safety Act

    http://www.amw.com/features/feature_...il.cfm?id=1052


    2/28/2006

    Back in September, The Children's Safety Act --H.R. 3132-- passed the House, but not the Senate. Although the bill had bipartisan support, an unrelated hate crimes amendement that the Senate wanted to add stopped the bill in its tracks.
    John Walsh is back on Capitol Hill today to make sure that we can keep our children safe from the hundreds of thousands of sex offenders in this country today. In response, Congressman Sensenbrenner, R-Wisc., introduced The Children's Safety and Violent Crime Reduction Act of 2005, or H.R. 4472 last December.

    Today on Capitol Hill, John Walsh joins Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, representatives from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and other victims' advocates and parents like Mark Lunsford whose daughter Jessica was killed in Florida last year; Linda Walker, the mother of murdered college student Dru Sjodin; and Erin Runnion whose 5-year-old daughter Samantha was raped and killed by a sex offender, to push for this legislation in Congress.

    John was on the Hill last July to talk about protecting our children, and he knows that politicians will be willing to listen this time too. Just yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist co-sponsored the bill, which is a sure sign of its promise.

    What H.R. 4472 Will Achieve

    The new Children's Safety and Violent Crime Reduction Act of 2005 will:

    Improve the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Program to ensure that sex offenders register and keep current where they reside, work and attend school

    Require quarterly verification, in-person verification and regular notarized verification mailings

    Require public access to state websites

    Create the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website to search for sex offender information in each community

    Expand terms to include juvenile sex offenders

    Require states to notify one another when a sex offender moves from one state to another

    Expand sex offenses covered by registration and notification requirements to include military, tribal, foreign and sex crimes and increase the duration of registration requirements to protect the public

    Expand community notification requirements to include active efforts to inform law enforcement agencies, schools, public housing, social service agencies and volunteer organizations in areas where sex offenders reside, work or attend school

    Create a new criminal penalty of a maximum of 20 years incarceration for sex offenders who refuse to comply with registration requirements

    Protect foster children from sexual abuse and exploitation




    You Can Help -- Write To Your Elected Officials


    Please write to your elected officials in Congress to urge them to pass H.R. 4472/ S. 1086. It's time to stand together to protect our children. You can copy the text below into and send it to your senators. Do it today!

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    Dear Representative and/or Senator:

    I am a constituent who is very concerned about the sex offenders who live in my community. Recently, there have been many stories in the news about how the current sex offender registration and notification laws don't work, and need to be changed. I think it's a matter of life and death that you help your fellow lawmakers make this change to protect our children. I urge you to support the provisions of H.R. 4472/ S. 1086 that would create a more comprehensive system for tracking these offenders, and improve the way information is released about these predators to our communities.

    Today, there are more than 500,000 sex offenders who are supposed to be registered in the U.S.; however, it's believed that 100,000 of these offenders are 'lost' in the system. We must: Close the loopholes between state programs, so sex
    offenders can't move from state to state and elude
    authorities.

    • Provide federal and state funding so law enforcement agencies have the resources to track these predators. Make sure that information about sex offenders is released to all of our communities. Thank you for taking the time to read my views on this issue.


    The time is now to tighten the tracking of sex offenders, and provide higher standards for notifying people like myself and my neighbors. I don't want one more person who's been convicted of sex crimes to be able to hide from our community and law enforcement, and prey upon our children.

    Find your Senators and Representatives here:
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    You can learn more about H.R. 4472 and S.1086 here:
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    From TX Senator John Corbyn

    Dear xxxxxxxxxx:

    Thank you for contacting me about recent efforts to enact a new federal
    hate crimes law which would prosecute criminal acts motivated by hate.
    That amendment was attached to the Children's Safety Act of 2005 (H.R.
    3132) which recently passed the House of Representatives. I appreciate the
    having the benefits of your comments on this important matter.

    The Children’s Safety Act would, among other things, require the
    establishment of a sex offender registry that contains information
    regarding persons convicted of a criminal offense against a minor or of
    registered sex offenders, tighten sex offender registration requirements,
    and provide for electronic monitoring of offenders who repeatedly fail to
    register. It would also require the Attorney General to establish and
    maintain a DNA database that collects information on violent child
    predators.

    I am committed to providing law enforcement officials with every tool and
    every resource they require to catch, prosecute, and monitor those who may
    threaten the safety and the lives of our children. In fact, I have
    co-sponsored similar legislation that recently passed the Senate Judiciary
    Committee and is awaiting Senate action.

    However, an amendment was added to the House legislation that would enact a
    new federal hate crimes law. Clearly, it is inexcusable and intolerable to
    target any individual or group for violence, regardless of race, ethnicity,
    religion, or sexual preference. I believe anyone found guilty of a violent
    criminal act deserves to be punished through vigorous enforcement of the
    law. In fact, current law—including Texas law—already allows the courts to
    consider motivation during the penalty phase of a trial. As such, I do not
    believe a new federal law—specifically to prosecute criminal acts motivated
    by race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual preference—is warranted.

    In addition, this amendment does not include the death penalty within the
    range of punishment, even for those who commit the most egregious murders.
    Even the current federal hate crimes law (18 U.S.C. § 242) provides that
    those who kill face the death penalty as a possible punishment.

    For these reasons, I cannot support the hate crimes amendment to H.R. 3132,
    Children's Safety Act of 2005.

    I appreciate having the opportunity to represent the interests of Texans in
    the United States Senate. Thank you for taking the time to contact me.

    Sincerely,

    JOHN CORNYN
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    Gabby,

    The new amended bill takes care of all your senator's worries. He is talking about the older version.

    I can see now why it is so difficult to get a bill passed.
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    Tricia: Just to let you know that Catherine Crier just did a segment on her show about this. She spoke with Mark Klaas, Mark Lunsford & Erin Runnion. It was a good interview and should be seen by a wide audience. I was disappointed though that WS was not mentioned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sniffy38
    Tricia: Just to let you know that Catherine Crier just did a segment on her show about this. She spoke with Mark Klaas, Mark Lunsford & Erin Runnion. It was a good interview and should be seen by a wide audience. I was disappointed though that WS was not mentioned.


    Mark Lunsford said that they are running into some problems....mostly with Democrats. I for the life of me will never understand why anyone would not want to pass this bill and "Jessica's Law" but from everything I have heard it is the Democrats that are digging their heels in. I've talked to Reps in my area and they have told me the same thing. I used to be a Democrat but now I just vote for the person who I think will do the best job. I don't want to be associated with either party.

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