’21 SB0717/HB1047 – C. Sexton/McNally

Bill Description

The amended bill provides that there will be no release eligibility for a person committing an offense, on or after July 1, 2021, that is enumerated below. Under this amendment, such persons must serve 100 percent of the sentence imposed by the court undiminished by any sentence reduction credits the person may be eligible for or earn. The person will be permitted to earn any credits for which the person is eligible and the credits may be used for the purpose of increased privileges, reduced security classification, or for any purpose other than the reduction of the sentence imposed by the court. The offenses to which this amendment applies are:

(A) Female genital mutilation;

(B) Domestic assault, when the offense is a felony offense;

(C) Trafficking for a commercial sex act;

(D) Advertising commercial sexual abuse of a minor,;

(E) Rape;

(F) Aggravated sexual battery;

(G) Sexual battery;

(H) Aggravated statutory rape;

(I) Indecent exposure, when the offense is a felony offense;

(J) Patronizing prostitution;

(K) Promoting prostitution;

(L) Public indecency;

(M) Continuous sexual abuse of a child;

(N) Sexual battery by an authority figure;

(O) Solicitation of a minor, when the offense is a felony offense;

(P) Soliciting sexual exploitation of a minor;

(Q) Statutory rape by an authority figure;

(R) Promoting travel for prostitution;

(S) Unlawful photographing in violation of privacy, when the victim is under 13 years of age;

(T) Observation without consent;

(U) Incest;

(V) Child abuse or child neglect or endangerment;

(W) Aggravated child abuse or aggravated child endangerment or neglect;

(X) Using a minor to produce, import, prepare, distribute, process, or appear in obscene material;

(Y) Unlawful sale, distribution, or transportation with intent to sell or distribute of a child-like sex doll;

(Z) Sexual exploitation of a minor;

(AA) Aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor;

(BB) Especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor;

(CC) Conspiracy to commit any of the offenses listed in this amendment;

(DD) Criminal attempt to commit any of the offenses listed in amendment; and

(EE) Solicitation to commit any of the offenses listed in this amendment.

This amendment will apply to offenses committed on or after July 1, 2021.

TLRC Position

TLRC stands in strong support of this legislation. Crimes against children are the most heinous and evil of all and deserve no grace.

TLRC Observed Process

The bill passed unanimously with only a handful of Democrat Senators opting not to vote at all: Senators Akbari, Campbell, Kyle, Yarbro — 4.

Vote Result: Passed

Score: +5

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