The federal law, named after a boy kidnapped from a Florida mall and killed in 1981, was supposed to create a uniform system for registering and tracking sex offenders. Bush signed it, many states realized they would have to overhaul their sex offender registration programs to comply. Texas juveniles are required to register for 10 years after they leave the juvenile system.
The state, however, gives judges discretion to waive or remove a juvenile from the register.
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They also can defer a decision until after the juvenile successfully completes therapy.
Those options would be removed under the federal law.
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The state also would have to eliminate its use assessment to determine each offender's risk to the community.
Offenders are registered as either low, moderate or high risk.
State lawmakers say the grant money is far less than the estimated million it would cost to modify the state's registry program.
"We couldn't afford the national program," said Sen.
John Whitmire, D-Houston, chair of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee.