Florida Sex Offender Bill Stuck in Legislative Process

A bill that aimed to fix some of the problems with the Jessica Lunsford Act got lost in the frenzy of session's final hours.

More than a year after the Jessica Lunsford Act to keep students safe from sex offenders passed, school districts still don’t know who needs to be fingerprinted when they come onto school grounds. And contractors are still frustrated because the rules change from county to county.

The bill that was supposed to address those problems died in the final minutes of the legislative session. The State Contractor’s Association worked hard on the compromise and spokesman Bill Spann says they were disappointed it didn’t go anywhere.

Among other things, the bill would have put a person’s conviction for a sex offense right on their driver’s license. Even people who are part of the legislative process are at a loss to explain why such an important bill got held up.

A frustrated David Mosrie with the State Superintendent’s Association says now schools are stuck waiting for next year to get clarification

For now at least, schools and contractors will have to continue putting up with the red tape.

The Jessica Lunsford Act requires schools to do background checks and fingerprinting on almost all contract workers on school campuses.