The State of Arizona is moving closer towards Adam Walsh Act compliance. A state senate panel has approved new legislation to ensure that the state doesn't lose federal funds. From the Arizona Capitol Times:
The bill, S1049, aims to create a separate fingerprint clearance card for and adoptive parents, as well as several other Department of Economic Security employees and contract providers who serve the state's most vulnerable residents.
Sen. Linda Gray, a Republican from Glendale, said the measure is needed to comply with the federal Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006.
The Adam Walsh Act is aimed at protecting the public, children in particular, from violent sex offenders through a more comprehensive and nationalized system for registration of sex offenders. And it calls on states to conform to various sex-offender registration standards.
Failure by a state to comply with the federal requirements would result in a 10-percent reduction to Byrne law enforcement assistance grants, which states use to pay for drug task forces, anti-gang units, police overtime and other activities.
Gray, chairwoman of the Public Safety and Human Services Committee, said Arizona risks losing $130 million in federal funding if the state fails to reconcile state law with federal law by June 30.