McKevitt, Assembly Minority Renew Pressure for Action on Sex Offender Measures

Calls for immediate action on five measures that would help protect Long Island families
May 22, 2006

Assemblyman Tom McKevitt (R,C,I-East Meadow) is pictured above at a press conference at the State Capitol calling for a bi-partisan effort to craft a tough civil confinement law before the end of the 2006 legislative session.

As the 2006 legislative session rapidly approaches its conclusion on June 22, Assemblyman Tom McKevitt (R,C,I-East Meadow) and his Assembly minority colleagues renewed their pressure for Speaker Silver to act on five measures that would make strides in helping protect Long Island families from dangerous sex offenders.

McKevitt and his Assembly minority colleagues were joined by Kim Talman, NYS Chair of the National Association to Protect Children and local district attorneys in calling for swift bi-partisan action on legislation aimed at cracking down on sex offenders.

“Ensuring the safety of families on Long Island throughout the state is the number one priority for me and my colleagues,” McKevitt said. “It’s time for the other side of the aisle to join us in our effort to enact common sense laws to help protect women and children in New York State.”

Civil confinement is at the center of McKevitt’s plan for combating sex offenders in the community. McKevitt and his Assembly minority colleagues are calling for an agreement on a workable civil confinement bill by the end of the legislative session. Currently the state Assembly and state Senate are working in a conference committee to craft an agreement on civil confinement.

“At the top of our list of measures in the need for bi-partisan support is civil confinement,” McKevitt remarked. “We must enact a tough civil confinement measure in order to call this legislative session a true success. Thirteen years is far too long of a wait when it comes to doing the right thing for our families.”

Other measures on McKevitt’s action list include:

  • Establishment of “Jessica’s Law” mandating a minimum 25-year prison term for first-time child rapists and increased sentences for violent sex offenders;
  • Elimination of the statute of limitations for rape in the first-degree and other violent sex crimes;
  • Allowing for increased criminal penalties for individuals who commit incest;
  • Expansion of the state’s DNA database to include all convicted criminals.