N.J. moves to update Megan’s Law requirements, exceptions

The budget committee in the New Jersey Senate has advanced legislation to update Megan’s Law.

The bill specifies that a young person involved in ‘sexting’ is not required to register as a sex offender, said Sen. Linda Greenstein.

“These are juveniles who will send a nude photo to another juvenile,” said Greenstein, D-Middlesex. “We want to make certain that type of thing doesn’t place somebody on a Megan’s Law list for life and basically wreck their lives.”

The legislation upgrades the penalty for sex offenders who do not register their new address when they move.

The bill also imposes a $30 monthly fine on offenders to pay for additional parole officers and equipment to monitor their whereabouts.

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