H. B. 2196

          (By Delegates Miley, Lawrence, Caputo and Poore)
          [Introduced February 13, 2013; referred to the
          Committee on the Judiciary.]

A BILL to amend and reenact §15-12-10 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to the sex offender registration; requiring registration and updating of information in the offender's county of residence; and adding an internal code reference.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
     That §15-12-
10 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
§15-12-10. Address and online information verification.
     All registrants, including those for whom there has been no change in registration information since their initial registration or previous address verification, must report, in the month of their birth, or in the case of a sexually violent predator in the months of January, April, July and October, to the State Police detachment responsible for covering their county of registration residence and must respond to all verification inquiries and informational requests, including, but not limited to, requests for online information made by the State Police pursuant to this section. The State Police shall verify addresses of those persons registered as sexually violent predators every ninety days and all other registered persons once a year. As used in this section, the term "online information" shall mean all information required by subdivision (8), subsection (d), section two, article twelve, chapter fifteen of this code. The State Police may require registrants to periodically submit to new fingerprints and photographs as part of the verification process. The method of verification shall be in accordance with internal management rules pertaining thereto promulgated by the superintendent under authority of section twenty-five, article two, chapter fifteen of this code.

     NOTE: The purpose of this bill is clarify that a sex offender must register with the State Police in the county of his or her residence and keep the State Police informed of any change to the required registration information. The sex offender registry is now computerized so offenders no longer have to register in every county they visit, work or attend school.

     Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.