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Florida Constitution Revision Commission

PUB 700250: Protection of Children of Abuse by Loyal Millett

ARTICLE X: MISCELLANEOUS, New Section.

Catchline: Registered offenders; regulations.

Our children have the natural right to be protected from abuse. Therefore, we, the People of the State of Florida, do enact as follows:

(a) Each and every person who is lawfully convicted of any physical and/or sexual abuse upon any child (being younger than 18 years of age) shall be registered as an offender through the State and shall be subject to the following restrictions:

(1) No registered offender shall ever work with or near any children.

(2) No registered offender shall ever live with or near any children.

(3) A registered offender, upon conviction and registration, has forever forfeited any and all parental and visitation rights over his/her biological or adopted child or children.

(4) A registered offender, upon conviction and registration, has forever forfeited his/her suffrage rights and shall never be eligible to any public office of honor, trust, or profit.

(b) Within each judicial circuit, the State shall operate and manage secure housing facilities for registered offenders who have successfully completed their sentences of incarceration. None of these secure housing facilities shall be located within 1,000-ft of any public school or childcare facility.

(c) All vocational rehabilitation and reentry agencies within the State of Florida shall be bound to the provisions of this section.

(d) The State of Florida shall maintain a database system with the fingerprints of each and every registered offender within the State.

(e) The Legislature shall enforce this section with appropriate legislation.

(f) If any portion of this section is declared unconstitutional, the remainder of this section shall remain valid.