Juneau – Today, Representative Matt Claman (D-Anchorage) pre-filed legislation that improves Alaska statues related to sexual assault and the registration of sex offenders.

House Bill 33 eliminates marriage as a defense in specific sexual assaults when a person is mentally incapable, incapacitated, or unaware that a sexual act is being committed. The bill also updates the sex offender registration requirements to include out-of-state convictions for sexual offenses.

“Over the last few months, Alaskans have read heinous reports of sexual assault and violence at the local, state, and national level. By proposing amendments to improve Alaska’s sexual assault and sex offender registration statutes, concerned community members can trust that the legislature is listening and taking important steps to update our laws to improve public safety,” said Rep. Claman.

Representative Matt Claman (D-Anchorage) has collaborated closely with Representative John Lincoln (D-Kotzebue) to identify ways to address these important issues.

“I’m pleased to be working with Rep. Lincoln on this bill, and I look forward to continuing our efforts to improve legal and other protections for victims and survivors of sexual assault,” said Rep. Claman.

House Bill 33 will be formally introduced and receive committee assignments when the 31st Alaska Legislature convenes on Tuesday, January 15th in Juneau.

For more information, please contact Lizzie Kubitz in Rep. Claman’s office at (907) 465-4904.