TOPEKA – (February 14, 2011) – Attorney General Derek Schmidt today testified in support of his legislative proposals in the Kansas Senate and House of Representatives.
Last month, Schmidt proposed four bills to the legislature for consideration. All four are aimed at strengthening the state’s efforts against child exploitation.
“Each of these measures, if enacted, will improve our ability to protect our children against sex predators and child exploitation,” Schmidt said. “I look forward to working with the legislature as they consider these proposals.”
Schmidt testified today in the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of Senate Bill 73, which would curb the reproduction of pornographic images of children during criminal prosecutions. The proposal would allow the accused access to the images in order to prepare his or her defense but would require that the images remain in the control of law enforcement agencies. The attorney general also testified in support of Senate Bill 74, which would allow the state to seek a court order to seize the assets of those who commit certain crimes against children.
Schmidt’s office also testified today before the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee in support of House Bill 2196. That measure would help protect child victims by reducing the number of times they must testify about the crime during civil proceedings to commit sexually violent predators to the custody of the state.
The fourth measure proposed by Schmidt, House Bill 2322, would overhaul the state’s offender registry and make it substantially compliant with sex offender requirements of the federal Adam Walsh Act. That bill has not yet been scheduled for a hearing.