Thursday, March 22, 2007
Hood thankful for support of House Bill 1015
Attorney General Jim Hood wishes to thank Mississippi lawmakers for unanimous support of HB1015 (the Adam Walsh Act) which was expected to be signed by the governor on March 15.
“The Attorney General’s office and the Mississippi Department of Public Safety (DPS) have effectively worked together to protect Mississippi’s children from pedophiles through our equivalent to the federal Adam Walsh Act,” said Attorney General Jim Hood. “It passed through the legislature without one dissenting vote. That shows you how important this bill is and how important the safety of our children is to everyone, regardless of politics. This legislation will not only give Mississippi a windfall of federal aid in the millions of dollars, but it will also keep our children safe. Protecting our children was my highest priority when I took this job some three and a half years ago, and that commitment continues. An accomplishment like this is priceless.”
Key elements of the legislation include:
Upon DPS receiving software from the Department of Justice, DPS will be required to notify law enforcement agencies, probation, schools, public housing, social service agencies tasked with protecting children, volunteer organizations working with children and anyone who requests notification when an offender moves.
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