No Excuses

I\'m writing a bill proposal that would require all registered sex offenders in Texas to have a stamp on their driver\'s license or state id. This would serve to help prevent more victims of sex abuse (assault). Sadly, not every place where children gather has the means to run a background check, but still require an id to enter. IE, schools, daycares, churches, etc. If there is a stamp on the id, a check would not be needed on an immediate basis. The same goes for police officers, not all officers run a license check when they pull someone over. It\'s their discretion to do so, but if they see a stamp and that person has children in the vehicle; it would alert the officer (s) to investigate further. It would also be beneficial to parents. The stamp would allow parents immediate access as to who is around their children. If the person claims to not have an id or license, it would be wise to side with caution until the parent can investigate further. Sex offenders would be required to update their id or driver license every 6 mths to keep up with physical changes and addresses. The funding would come from a mandatory fine upon conviction of the sex offender. Furthermore, adults that are found guilty of willful negligence would be required to pay a mandatory fine as well. Unfortunately, this can\'t possibly stop all sexual abuse. However, it would make it harder for sex offender to gain access to children and hold parents and caretakers accountable for who is around their children. If the \'suspect\' doesn\'t have a valid driver\'s license or state id, there should be no excuses for children being entrusted to him or her.

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Kellina Pettit

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