Sex offender fee changes take effect next month

Registered sex offenders in Michigan are required to pay an annual fee starting April 1.
AP Wire
Mar 25, 2014

Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation in November 2013 requiring Michigan's more than 40,000 registered sex offenders to pay an annual $50 fee. The new fees are intended to cover the $600,000 a year cost to state police to operate the sex offender database.

The bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Rick Jones replaces the system under which sex offenders paid a one-time $50 fee.

The law only applies to registered sex offenders who are out of prison. People who prove that they are indigent can get a fee waiver.

Snyder said the law brings Michigan in line with neighboring states that require sex offenders to pay for the operating cost of sex offender websites.

Comments

thecatsmom

They are mostly indigent so this bill is a further waste of time

thecatsmom

They are mostly indigent so this bill is a further waste of time

TooMuch

I think the fee is a good idea and it should be raised. A lot of these offenders are people you see every day that lead successful lives and you have no idea. Link it to a drivers license and see how fast it gets paid! Seems we all are paying a fee every time we turn around, why not the lowest of the low? At the very least give it a try.

ghjhs

Trickey Rickey will find a way to put a fee on everything and raise fee,s.Snyder and the MI Republican Legislature love to use the secretary of State's office to raise money,if you get a ticket or points on your lic, they have come up with outrages drivers responsibility fee's,your fined twice. you wait and see what Rickey and his buddys come up with if he is re-elected.

Vladtheimp

Outrageous - obvious discrimination that will have a disparate impact on sex offenders and suppress their ability to buy candy and black socks.

Lanivan

It's a shame really. If these sex offenders lived in Georgia, according to the new "gun everywhere" law, they would not only have not been fined, they would be allowed to buy a gun, and now legally open carry in unsecured areas of airports, bars, schools, restaurants, and churches. Think of the possibilities of places where they could take out their frustrations, anger, and dysfunction!

Barry Soetoro

I was expecting a "Hey Barry, this is a must read"....

Lanivan

Yep. It's def time to change that moniker to my suggestion in another comment field....let's play hide and go seek....

Vladtheimp

If they lived in most parts of Georgia, they wouldn't be breathing, much less buying guns.

Lanivan

Especially if they were poor and needed to go to the ER.

Vladtheimp

Do we now differentiate among sex offenders based on their income - like Obamacare do we subsidize those who fall below a certain income? Of course they would need to go to the ER.

Lanivan

Gov Nathan Deal wants to restrict ED care to the poor. Claims Reagan's bill was a "bad bill". Of course, he has rejected MedicAid Expansion, so GA hospitals - especially rural ones - are struggling. But not as much as a poor uninsured GA resident.

It will be interesting to get statistics on how many more gun deaths and injuries stress GA's ED's with the latest "everywhere gun" law and a more liberal Stand Your Ground law.

Tri-cities realist

On a more serious note, isn't this additional fee comparable to increased punishment after the fact? I'm not sure of the legal name, but isn't it unlawful for the state to impose an additional penalty after a conviction and punishment have been decided? Vlad, can you help me out on this one?

And don't get me wrong, sex offenders are the most vile among us, they deserve every bit of punishment they deserve. I just want to make sure that we are not imposing additional punishment that would allow a crafty lawyer to find a loophole and get a conviction overturned.

TooMuch

Are you talking about double jeopardy where you can't be tried twice for the same offense? This is nothing more than raising a fee like a fishing license.

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