SECTION 1. The joint committee on public safety and homeland security shall convene a task force to report on electronic communications and the feasibility of tracking sex offender internet use, via methods including but not limited to: (1) internet protocol addresses, (2) media access control addresses, (3) internet service providers, (4) electronic mail, and (5) instant messaging. The task force’s study shall address, but not be limited to, the following areas: (1) current laws and regulations; (2) other states laws, regulations, and efforts; (3) the feasibility of registration of sex offenders’ online addresses; and (4) relevant civil liberties issues.
SECTION 2. (a) The task force shall consist of 14 members: the house and senate chairs of the joint committee on telecommunications, utilities, and energy, one member of the committee to be appointed by the minority leader of the senate, and one member of the committee to be appointed by the minority leader of the house; the house and senate chairs of the joint committee on public safety and homeland security, one member of the committee to be appointed by the minority leader of the senate, and one member of the committee to be appointed by the minority leader of the house; one member of the state police, to be appointed by the colonel of the state police; one licensed attorney, with experience in civil rights’ cases, to be appointed by the attorney general; and four experts to be appointed by the commissioners of the department of public utilities upon a majority vote, provided two of the experts have had significant knowledge of a private telecommunications company.
The task force may consult with other government agencies, both federal and state, as well as members of the telecommunication community.
SECTION 3. The task force shall submit a report, including any draft legislation and regulations to the joint committee on public safety and homeland security within 12 months of the enactment of this Act.
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