O’Malley Meets With Vallario on Child Sex Offender Bills
WBAL Radio reported late yesterday that Governor O’Malley met with House Judiciary Chair, Joe Vallario to discuss child sex offender legislation.
According to the report:
O’Malley says he met with Vallario on Tuesday. The governor says he’s optimistic about the chances for “the core of what we asked him to consider and to fix and to change and improve.”O’Malley supports a bill to mandate lifetime monitoring of certain serious sex offenders, which may include GPS monitoring. He also supports requiring people convicted of child pornography possession or indecent exposure in the presence of minors to register as sex offenders.
Kudos to O’Malley for engaging Vallario, who infamously protects the tort lobby from bills they don’t like.
However, there was no mention of HB 254 the bill, which would add 20 year mandatory minimum sentences to those convicted of second degree child rape and molestation.
Given his non esixtent support on this issue in the past, O’Malley needs to do more than just pay lip service to strengthening Maryland’s child sexual predator laws.
While the governor’s bills are helpful, HB 254 should be the top priority.
Senator Nancy Jacobs cross filed HB 254 in the Senate (SB 622). A hearing on the SB 622 is scheduled for March 16 at 1:00pm. If you are interested testifying please see the Citizens for Jessica’s Law Facebook page for more information.
Your calls to Vallario, O’Malley, and Speaker of the House Michael Busch worked. Now is the time to keep up the pressure and ensure Senate Judicial Proceedings Chair, Brian Frosh—just as notorious on this issue as Vallario—doesn’t bury SB 622 in his desk drawer.