Montgomery, AL – The House Judiciary Committee has passed a bill that would require convicted sex offenders to register with the local sheriff within seven days of moving into a community. The current law requires convicted sex offenders to register within 30 days of relocating. The bill also would make it a felony for a sex offender to fail to register with a sheriff's department. It also would require convicted sex offenders to notify the sheriff about the location of his or her job, which is not currently required.
Tuscaloosa, AL – Alabama has a new open meetings law. In part three of his series on Freedom of Information issues in Alabama, Butler Cain reports the new law was designed to keep the state government open and accessible to its citizens.