Friday, January 25, 2019

Arkansas isn't waiting until Halloween to scare the public with an unnecessary Halloween Bill (SB 10)

Arkansas SB 10 is on the fast track to pass and the bill is completely idiotic. The bill prohibits Level 3 and 4 RCs from distributing candy or other items to minors as part of a Halloween-related event. The bill would also prohibit RCs from wearing a costume or mask at a Halloween-related event with minors.

The bill would not prevent offenders from giving a child candy if they're the child's parent or guardian, or from wearing a costume if they're a parent or guardian of all the children present.

http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/2019/2019R/Pages/BillInformation.aspx?measureno=SB10

State of Arkansas
92nd General Assembly A Bill
Regular Session, 2019 SENATE BILL 10

By: Senator T. Garner
By: Representative Petty

For An Act To Be Entitled
AN ACT PROHIBITING A REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER FROM PARTICIPATING IN CERTAIN HALLOWEEN-RELATED ACTIVITIES; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

PROHIBITING A REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER FROM PARTICIPATING IN CERTAIN HALLOWEEN17 RELATED ACTIVITIES.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ARKANSAS:

SECTION 1. Arkansas Code Title 5, Chapter 14, Subchapter 1, is amended
to add an additional section to read as follows:

5-14-135. Registered offender prohibited from participating in certain Halloween-related activities.

(a) It is unlawful for a person who is required to register under the Sex Offender Registration Act of 1997, § 12-12-901 et seq., and who has been assessed as a Level 3 or Level 4 offender to knowingly:
(1) Distribute candy or any item to a minor as part of a Halloween-related event; or
(2) Wear a mask or other costume as part of a Halloween-related event if a minor is present at the Halloween-related event.
(b) It is not an offense under:
(1) Subsection (a)(1) of this section if the person is a parent
35 or guardian of a minor to whom the candy or item is distributed; or
(2) Subsection (a)(2) of this section if the person is a parent or guardian of all minors present at the Halloween-related event.
(c) A violation of this section is a Class D felony.

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