Further, this bill would make it illegal for anyone found guilty of a sexual offense to ever get married and have children or live with and raise their children if they already have them.
After my testimony, I stopped by the office of the bills sponsor, State Rep. Thom Collier (R-Mount Vernon), and spoke with his legislative aide, who made several statements regarding HB 111 that were naively inaccurate -- the greatest being her statement that ¨the only thing this bill does is allow Social Services to enter a home and investigate.
The aide replied that Social Services can investigate only when a report has been filed and HB 111 would eliminate that requirement and allow Social Services to enter any home where a sex offender resided at any time. I tried to explain the dangers of this bill and the unintended consequences that would ensue if it were passed into law.
¨What about the parents who arent responsible, the aide said. ¨Not all parents are as responsible as you.
¨Youre right, I said, ¨but who gets to decide what is and isnt responsible?
¨Social Services, she answered. She then went on to use an example of one of her neighbors whos a young mother. The neighbors family situation did in fact sound like a case of neglect.
¨So, I asked the aide, ¨did you report this woman to Social Services? Without any hesitation she responded, ¨Of course not. Thats none of my business.
Despite all my efforts, I couldnt get her to realize the irony in her statement.