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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Missing Text From Federal Bill HR2848 Department of State Operations and Embassy Security Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 2014 is Posted 7 Weeks After the Fact and As Suspected it Will Affect Every RSO with a Passport

 
Back on August 3rd (per an article I happened to find on the 2nd) I alerted everyone of New Jersey Congressman Chris Smith’s International Megan’s Law amendment that he quickly slipped into HR2848 Department of State Operations and Embassy Security Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 2014.

Past Postings on the issue:

-          August 23 Reminder Chris Smith Amendment: http://goo.gl/4CHIhP
-          August 8 Passport, What to Say: http://goo.gl/Wk8UW6
-          August 8 Passport, Who to Contact: http://goo.gl/X6q9Pm
-          August 3 Passport Alert: http://goo.gl/2HYT2n 

But the text of the amendment into the bill was never added to reflect what I found in the news article. 

I even signed up a few weeks ago for email alerts to specific bills in Congress so not to miss the text when it was loaded.

Obviously the email sign up is flawed as I have not received one email alert but on September 26th  eAdvocate sent me a message that the text was finally added on September 25th. 

SEC. 213. AUTHORITY TO RESTRICT PASSPORTS. 

(a) In General- The Secretary of State is authorized to— 

(1) limit to one year or such period of time as the Secretary of State shall determine appropriate the period of validity of a passport issued to a sex offender; and

(2) revoke the passport or passport card of an individual who has been convicted by a court of competent jurisdiction in a foreign country of a sex offense. 

(b) Limitation for Return to United States- Notwithstanding subsection (a), in no case shall a United States citizen convicted by a court of competent jurisdiction in a foreign country of a sex offense be precluded from entering the United States due to a passport revocation under such subsection. 

(c) Reapplication- An individual whose passport or passport card was revoked pursuant to subsection (a)(2) may reapply for a passport or passport card at any time after such individual has returned to the United States. 

(d) Definitions- For purposes of this section: 

(1) SEX OFFENDER- The term ‘sex offender’ means an individual who is listed on the National Sex Offender Registry established pursuant to section 119 of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (42 U.S.C. 16915).

(2) SEX OFFENSE- The term ‘sex offense’ means a sex offense as defined in section 111(5) of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (42 U.S.C. 16915). 

Yes, Congress members were on a 5 week break in August to early September but their staffers and the committee employees were still working during that time.

Why did it take 7.5 weeks to post the Smith amendment into the text of HR2848 ? Seems very cloak and dagger to me.

If you have not yet emailed, called or faxed your Federal Representatives asking them to immediately remove the Smith amendment from HR2848, please take 10 minutes and do so this week. My earlier posts (links above) outline what to say if you need some direction and who to contact if you aren’t sure.  

Thank you for taking the time to stop this hateful and misplaced amendment. 

Mary Devoy