LANSING, Mich. — Today the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to pass Senate Bill 1027, introduced by Senator Curtis Hertel Jr. (D–East Lansing), which would ban registered sex offenders from working in organizations that directly serve survivors of sexual assault.

The committee voted 4-0 in support of the bill.

“Survivors deserve a safe place to seek help, and I’m very appreciative of Judiciary Committee members’ willingness to hear directly from them today,” Sen. Hertel said. “This bill would ensure that registered sex offenders never have an opportunity to work with survivors of sexual assault or children, and I’m grateful for the committee’s vote in support of it.”

This legislation was crafted in response to a report released in early June of three sex offenders having served at The Listening Ear, a Lansing nonprofit that runs a crisis hotline for victims of sexual assault. Under current law, sex offenders can legally volunteer at crisis intervention and sexual assault counseling centers, a practice this bill would prevent.