Feb 28, 2016 11:45 AM

Bill to let victims testify on sex offender registry removal

The Associated Press

CONCORD - A proposal before the state Senate would assure victims of convicted sex offenders would be notified and able to testify should their offender seek removal from the sex offender registry.

The Senate is voting Thursday on the bill. It's in response to a state Supreme Court ruling that says it's unconstitutional to require someone to register as a sex offender for life without a hearing if he or she was convicted prior to the 1994 establishment of the registry.

The bill requires the court, upon receiving a petition, to notify the prosecuting attorney, victim advocate and the victim or his or her family members to be heard in the case.

Victim advocates say the court ruling would allow about 1,500 of the state's 2,800 people on the registry to petition for removal.

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