State Rep. Sam Moore, only in his first week in office in the wake of winning a special election, has dropped his first piece of legislation – “a bill that would overturn the crime of loitering and make it so registered sex offenders who aren’t otherwise barred from going to schools or places children gather could go to those places freely.”
He told The Cherokee Tribune he’s “OK with that” because “the assumption is they have done their time.”
“Am I saying it’s not creepy?” Moore continued. “It’s definitely creepy.”
Cherokee County Sheriff Roger Garrison dubbed HB 1033 “simply insane.”
Also voicing opposition was the county’s school superintendent.
Moore is currently the only lawmaker signed onto the bill, which also prohibits law enforcement from ever asking anyone to identify themselves, no matter the circumstances. “My intent wasn’t to help out sex offenders and I didn’t back down because of the political ramifications,” he stated further. “If that means I don’t get re-elected that’s what it means.”
He’s up for re-election in the May 20th primary.
Update: In today’s morning order of the state House, a number of Republican lawmakers took to the well to criticize Moore’s proposed legislation regarding its potential for unintended consequences. Among those speaking were Majority Caucus Chair Matt Hatchett, Reps. John Meadows, Trey Kelley, Dusty Hightower, and Scot Turner.