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.

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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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