Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: March 13, 2006
Sen. David Myers
Health Commissioner to Receive Sex Offender Registry
State Senator David Myers is once again working to ensure
that more governmental entities have access to the Sex
Offender Registry. The legislator is author of Senate
Bill 1707 which will require that the Registry be provided
to the state Commissioner of Health for distribution.
The measure passed unanimously today in the Senate.
"This is just another safeguard in our fight to
protect the public from sexual predators," said
Myers. "We made huge gains last year when my other
bill was passed that provided the Registry to the State
Superintendent of Public Instruction. That measure helped
protect our youth in our public schools and SB 1707
will help protect our vulnerable seniors living in nursing
Under provisions of the legislation, the Commissioner
of Health would have authorization to distribute information
from the Registry to any nursing home or long-term care
facility. Myers noted that his bill was necessary because
last year a bill passed requiring local police departments
to distribute the list to nursing homes. However, that
is not possible in smaller communities because they
do not have police departments.
"There have been so many stories in the news about
elderly people being sexually abused in nursing homes
and that needs to stop. Families trust these facilities
with their loved ones and they shouldn't have to worry
about leaving them alone because they fear for their
safety. I see this measure as peace of mind for these
families," said Myers.
The Department of Corrections maintains the Sex Offender
Registry and currently makes that information available
to all state, county, municipal and college campus law
enforcement agencies, as well as the State Superintendent
of Public Instruction and the National Sex Offender
Registry maintained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
SB 1707 now moves to the House of Representatives for
more information contact:
Senator Myer's Office - (405) 521-5628