With the close of the 2006 legislative session days away, Assemblyman Brian Kolb (R,C-Canandaigua) and his minority colleagues today joined Kim Talman, New York chair of the National Association to Protect Children, and local district attorneys to call on the Assembly majority to pass legislation that further protects residents from sexual predators.
Kolb and the Assembly minority have led the charge during the legislative session to toughen laws regarding sex offenders, yet the Assembly majority has consistently blocked several crucial initiatives. The minority is demanding civil confinement of the most violent sex offenders after their prison sentences end, elimination of the five-year statute of limitations for rape cases and expansion of the state DNA database.
Ironically, Kolb noted, the Assembly has not taken a vote on a bill sponsored by the Assembly majority Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, chair of the Assembly Codes Committee, to eliminate New York’s “incest loophole” and allow children who are raped by family members the same protections as other children. The bill passed, 58-0, in the minority-controlled state Senate.
“We need to step up and strengthen these laws to protect those who need it most,” said Kolb. “It is our job as legislators to ensure the state has laws on the books that deter and punish people who commit atrocious acts.”