Lawmakers introduce campus crime bills

Congress hears legislation requiring schools to report illegal gambling statistics

Legislatures in both California and Tennessee are considering bills that would require convicted sex offenders enrolled at colleges or universities to register with campus officials.

The California bill (AB 4) would require all sex offenders to register with campus police within five working days of enrollment, whether they live on campus or not. The Tennessee bill (HB 561) would require registration with campus or local police at any higher education institution the offender is "enrolled in or employed by." As the Report went to press, committees in both state legislatures were studying the bills.

In hopes of increasing public awareness of fires on college campuses, Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives in February to require colleges and universities to disclose fire safety information to the public.

HR 471 would require institutions to distribute an annual report to all current students and employees detailing fire safety systems in place at each student housing facility, the number of fires on campus each year and any injuries resulting from campus fires.

Nevada Sen. John Ensign introduced a bill (S 338) in the U.S. Senate in February to require colleges and universities to disclose illegal gambling statistics in their annual campus crime statistic reports.

A bill (HR 641) introduced by James Gibbons, R-Nev., would require that institutions only report the statistics to the secretary of education.

As the Report went to press, both of those bills were being considered by committees.

reports, Spring 2001