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No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
Under current statute it is an affirmative defense to the crime of indecency with a child that the defendant was not more than three years older than the victim and of the opposite sex. This is to prevent situations where people who are of similar age who engage in consensual sexual activity are not criminalized. This bill strikes the "and of the opposite sex" requirement which effectively decriminalizes same-sex sexual contact with a person under the age of consent so long as the age difference is not more than three years.