Still time to register: 2016 Lobby Day to Enhance the Chance – February 29th

2016 Lobby Day to Enhance the Chance – February 29th

posted on January 13th, 2016
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Monday, February 29, 2016

8:30 am – 1:00 pm

What: Georgia Justice Project’s fourth annual Lobby Day to Enhance the Chance will gather citizens from across Georgia to lobby their legislators at the State Capitol. Policymakers will address attendees and impacted citizens will share their stories.

Issues: We will lobby Senators and Representatives to vote for legislation to lift the lifetime ban on food stamps for individuals convicted of felony drug offenses and to restore the intent of Georgia’s First Offender Act. More details on these and other policy objectives, as well as specific pieces of legislation, will come soon.

Tentative Schedule:

8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.: Arrive at Central Presbyterian Church (201 Washington Street SW, Atlanta, GA, 30303)
9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.: Orientation and morning refreshments
9:45 to 10:00 a.m.: Walk to the Georgia State Capitol
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: Lobby with legislators
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: Lunch and closing remarks at Central Presbyterian Church
Where: We will gather at Central Presbyterian Church (201 Washington Street SW, Atlanta, GA, 30303).

More details to come. Please contact Ben Jernigan at with questions or click here to register for the 2016 Lobby Day to Enhance the Chance at the Capitol.

Obama signs International Megan’s Law

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Monday signed legislation named for a Hamilton girl that’s designed to alert foreign governments when registered sex offenders travel abroad.

The International Megan’s Law to Prevent Child Exploitation and Other Sexual Crimes Through Advanced Notification of Traveling Sex Offenders was sponsored by U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) and cleared by Congress last week.

U.S. Rep. Chris Smith first introduced the legislation in 2008

The bill was named for Megan Kanka, a 7-year-old from Hamilton in Smith’s district who was sexually assaulted and killed in 1994 by convicted sex offender who lived across the street. The original Megan’s Law passed by the New Jersey legislature to require public notice when a sex offender moved into a neighborhood.

Under the new law, the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice are to inform foreign governments when registered sex offenders are visiting their countries, and to receive information when they come to the U.S. from abroad. In addition, passports issued to registered sex offenders will contain an identifying mark.

A 2010 Government Accountability Office report said that at least 4,500 U.S. passports went to registered sex offenders in fiscal year 2008. In addition, it seeks to have the U.S. informed when convicted sex offenders from overseas travel to this country.



Albuquerque, N.M.— Reform Sex Offender Laws, Inc. is disappointed that the U.S.House of Representatives ​concurred with HR 515​ as amended by the Senate on February 1​. HR 515 will require, for the first time in the history of the United States, the addition of “unique​identifiers” to the passports of American citizens. ​ ​​The U.S. Senate added the historic requirement as a Floor Amendment offered by Senator Mitch McConnell on December 17, 2015​. ​

RSOL believes that the Senate amendment requiring the unique identifier ​may be in​ violation of Wooley v Maynard, 430 U.S. 705 (1997), which holds that the government cannot force someone to physically carry the government’s message. The passports with their identifying marks would be doing just that​.

“The citizens of this nation should be afraid, very afraid,that a unique identifier will soon be added to their passports,” stated Brenda Jones, RSOL’s E.D. “​Who will be the next targeted group​? ​” As passed by Congress, the Secretary of State is required to add a “unique identifier” to the passports of citizens convicted of a sex offense involving a minor. The list of offenses includes non-violent, non-contact offenses ​and even some that are non-sexual. “Passports today are used as a primary form of identification,not ​just to enter a foreign country,” stated Jones. “A passport symbol that identifies an individual as a registered sex offender places that person and others traveling with him or her at significant risk of physical harm.”

In addition, HR 515 establishes a center designed to notify foreign countries that the individual plans to visit that he has been convicted of a sex offense involving a minor. This notification will be sent regardless of whether the individual has been deemed to be rehabilitated by a state and therefore is no longer required to register as a sex offender.

RSOL is gravely concerned that the notification provisions of HR 515 have the potential to harm thousands of Americans who ​have completed their sentences and are no longer required to register as sex offenders. In such instances, the federal government ​will substitute​ its judgment,which will not be based upon an investigation of the individual, for the judgment of a state government that has conducted such an investigation. Furthermore, no evidence exists suggesting that the passage of this bill or its subsequent enforcement will address the issue for which it is intended.

National RSOL and many of its state organizations lobbied in opposition to the passage of HR 515. Before it becomes law, the President must approve the legislation​.

RSOL does not in any way condone sexual activity between adults and children, nor does it condone any sexual activity that would break laws in any state. We do not advocate lowering the age of consent, and we have no affiliation with any group that does condone such activities.