Klippert’s sex offender e-mail reporting bill clears House

Measure would keep track of sex offender e-mail addresses, Web site activity

Convicted sex and kidnapping offenders would have to report their e-mail addresses and Web sites under a bill approved today in the House of Representatives. The vote was 97-0.

Rep. Brad Klippert, who introduced House Bill 2035, says the measure could help to further protect young people who use social networking sites, such as MySpace and Facebook.

“There are sexual predators who will stalk their victims online. This is a great bill which offers the Legislature an opportunity to better protect our young people from those who would prey on them,” said Klippert, R-Kennewick.

The measure requires any sex and kidnapping offender who must register with the county sheriff to report electronic mail address information and other Internet identification information upon request by law enforcement. That would also include any Web site address created or operated by the offender.

Klippert also offered an amendment that expanded the bill to allow law enforcement to request the same information from transient and homeless convicted sex offenders. Lawmakers approved the amendment.

“I'm extremely pleased that we could adopt this bill. It is very important to the safety of our children,” he concluded.

The measure now goes to the Senate for further consideration.


Washington State House Republican Communications