Senate passes bill cracking down on sex offenders

Posted: Monday, April 12, 2010

JUNEAU - A measure aimed at cracking down on sex offenders unanimously passed the state Senate on Sunday. But its provision allowing the attorney general subpoena power for certain records in suspected child exploitation cases has raised concerns for the ACLU of Alaska.

The group's executive director, Jeffrey Mittman, says the provision "opens the door to abuse," and a potential erosion of privacy. He says it does away with an important check - having a judge sign off.

The bill would allow the attorney general to subpoena certain information connected to an Internet service account suspected of being used in exploiting children.

Sen. Hollis French, a judiciary committee chairman, says subpoena power isn't new. He says other portions of the executive branch have it, also.

The measure now goes to the House.

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