HBA-CMT H.B. 2480 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 2480 By: Lewis, Glenn Public Safety 3/28/2001 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Current law requires a person who is convicted of or receives a deferred adjudication for certain offenses to register as a sex offender. House Bill 2480 allows a court to exempt upon petition certain persons from registration requirement if the court determines that doing so would not threaten public safety. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. ANALYSIS House Bill 2480 amends the Code of Criminal Procedure to authorize a court to exempt a defendant or child on conviction of or adjudication for an offense or conduct requiring sex offender registration on the motion of the attorney representing the state. The bill authorizes a person who is required to register to petition the court having jurisdiction over the case at any time after the person's sentencing or disposition hearing for an order exempting the person from registration. After receiving a petition for an order of exemption, the court is required to hold a hearing on whether to exempt the petitioner from registration. Both the attorney representing the state and an attorney for the petitioner are authorized to appear at the hearing, and the court is authorized to take testimony from any person the court determines may assist the court in making a finding, including a registered sex offender treatment provider. The bill authorizes the court to issue an order exempting a person from registration if the court finds by a preponderance of the evidence that the exemption does not threaten public safety. The bill authorizes either party in a proceeding to appeal the court's decision on a registration exemption. An order of exemption from registration does not expire, but the court is required to withdraw the order if the person receives a reportable conviction or adjudication that requires registration or the court finds that the person is not complying with any treatment program required as a condition of release from confinement. EFFECTIVE DATE September 1, 2001.