In this article about sex offender bills being considered in Utah, a lawmaker notes the expected costs of complying with the Adam Walsh Act:
Members of the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice interim committee also learned that it will cost between $1.5 million and $2 million to comply with requirements of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, a piece of federal legislation approved earlier this year.
"As we go through the legislative process, what I'm pleading for is to keep that in mind," said state Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield. "This is going to have to be funded."
Legislation implementing the act's provision wasn't ready Wednesday. Its provisions include making Utah's sex offender registry a three-tier system, based on the seriousness of the offense. Those required to register will do so for terms ranging from 10 years to life, and some juvenile offenders will have to continue to be registered even after they turn 18.
The National Registry requirement of the act is an unfunded mandate on the states. It may also mark the beginning of a trend toward federalizing the crackdown on sex offenders.