Judge could decide who belongs on sex-offender registry

Judges would have greater authority to decide which sex offenders belong on Nebraska's state registry under a proposal set for a legislative hearing. Omaha Sen.

Brad Ashford is scheduled Tuesday to present two amendment proposals to the Legislature's Judiciary Committee. One amendment would remove designated low-risk offenders from the registry, if they committed the crime before a 2009 law took effect and if they have not reoffended.

Ashford said the other amendment would return Nebraska to the system used prior to the 2009 law, which was enacted to align the state with federal law. Judges would have the authority to decide whether an offender belongs on the registry, given the circumstances of the case.