HB 1011

83(R) - 2013
Criminal Justice

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Susan King

Bill Caption

Relating to the punishment for the offense of online solicitation of a minor.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication is anticipated on the State or local governments.

Bill Analysis

Summary: HB 1011 mandates that an individual who knowingly solicits a minor online and travels with intent to meet the minor have a minimum term of imprisonment of five years.

Analysis: HB 1011 enhances the penalty for soliciting a minor online if the individual attempts to meet the minor in person. The penalty for soliciting a minor online is currently a minimum of two years incarceration. This would enhance the penalty by 150% for attempting to meet the person solicited. While we agree that those who would knowingly solicit and attempt to meet a minor should be held to a high standard of accountability for their actions, we have seen no evidence to indicate that this penalty enhancement will act as a substantially better deterrent than the existing penalty or that after serving the enhanced sentence, and offender would be less likely to re-offend. We are neutral on this legislation.