Representative Katherine Harris (R-FL), with the support of Nick Lampson (D-TX) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), introduced this legislation to the US Congress.  Joseph Smith, was on probation at the time of Carlie's murder. The amendment to existing law is intended to toughen parole rules for sex offenders and also notify non-custodial parents when there is criminal activity near their child's home. Partly for this reason, Joseph Brucia, her father, approved of making the law in her name, although he concedes this law would not have applied to her specific case, since the charges for which Smith was on probation were not the sexual offenses this law targets. His focus was on future similar, but not identical, cases.
The bill failed to pass before the end of the 2004 session. Harris has committed to re-introduce the bill in 2005.
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