Bill To Extend Time Lawbreakers Are Included On Tennessee’s Sex Offenders Registry Passes Senate

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The Tennessee Conservative [By Rebecca Scott] –

A bill to extend the amount of time that a perpetrator remains on the Tennessee Sex Offender Registry has passed in the Senate with 30 Ayes and 0 Nays.

Senate Bill 2630 (SB2630), sponsored by Sen. Mark Pody (R-Lebanon-District 17), “As introduced, extends from 10 years to 15 years the period of time following termination of active supervision on probation, parole, or any other alternative to incarceration, or discharge from incarceration without supervision after which an offender may file a request for termination of the requirement to register as a sexual offender or violent sexual offender. – Amends TCA Title 39 and Title 40, Chapter 39, Part 2.”


Meanwhile, the companion bill, House Bill 1617 (HB1617), sponsored by Rep. Bryan Richey (R-Maryville-District 20), was recently placed behind the budget in the House Finance Ways & Means Subcommittee.

Chairman Gary Hicks (R-Rogersville-District 9) has stated, “There is a cost associated with House Bill 1617, so we will have to place it behind the budget and consider it at a later date.”

When a bill is placed “behind the budget” it usually means two things: (1) there is significant fiscal impact associated with the bill’s passage; and (2) the bill is not part of the governor’s proposed budget which takes precedence in the appropriations process.

After Rep. Richey’s presentation of the bill to the subcommittee, Chairman Gary Hicks (R-Rogersville-District 9) said, “There is a cost associated with House Bill 1617, so we will have to place it behind the budget and consider it at a later date.”

Representative Richey questioned if the increase in state revenue is the reason for the bill being placed behind the budget.

Hicks replied that the bill has “other fiscal impact” that justifies placing it behind the budget but said “we’ll help to shelter this one through.”

View the “Fiscal Impact” of HB1617 below or in the Fiscal Note HERE.


Increase State Revenue –

$19,100/FY38-39 and Subsequent Years

Increase Local Revenue –

$38,300/FY38-39 and Subsequent Years

Other Fiscal Impact –

Additional staff for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
may be necessary in the future; the extent and timing of any increase in
expenditures cannot be determined at this time.

With the passage of SB2630 in the Senate, HB1617 is back on the calendar to be reconsidered in the House Finance Ways & Means Subcommittee on April 16th.

The Tennessee Conservative will continue to follow the bill’s progression in the House.

Rebecca Scott is a Tennessee resident and reporter for The Tennessee Conservative. You can reach Rebecca at

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