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New Law Requires Sex Offenders Pay Yearly Fee

UNDATED (WHTC) -- Legislation signed into law last week will require sex offenders to pay a yearly fee to maintain the state’s sex offender registry.  Governor Snyder signed Senate Bill 221, sponsored by Senator Rick Jones, which requires registered offenders pay a $50 yearly fee as long as their name is in the registry.  Prior to Public Act 149, offenders paid a one-time fee of $50 which only covered about 10 percent of the cost to maintain the registry.  Failure to pay the yearly fee or any other violation of the Michigan Sex Offenders Registration Act will result in an arrest warrant being issued.  As of November 1st of this year, there are more than 41-thousand active registered sex offenders in the SOR database.

Story by:  Diane E Coston