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Collection of Sex Offender Registration Fee

SECTION 4.   Section 178Q of chapter 6 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding the following paragraph:- The sex offender registry board shall, within 30 days of a sex offender's failure to comply with the requirement under this section to pay said sex offender registry fee or any portion thereof, report to the department of revenue and the registry of motor vehicles the offender's name, other necessary identifying information as determined by the commissioner of the department of revenue or the registrar of motor vehicles, and the unpaid amount of any sex offender registration fee owed. The department of revenue shall intercept payment of such unpaid fee from tax refunds due to such offender and provide the amount intercepted to the sex offender registry board in accordance with the provisions of chapter 62D. For the purposes of this intercept, the sex offender registry board shall be considered a "claimant agency" as defined in section 1 of chapter 62D, and such set-off shall be conducted before the set-off of a refund for unpaid federal nontax liabilities to a federal agency. The registry of motor vehicles shall not issue or renew a driver's license, or motor vehicle registration for any vehicle subsequently purchased, to any offender reported with an unpaid sex offender registration fee until it receives subsequent notification from the sex offender registry board that the reported offender's fee has been paid.

This section requires the Sex Offender Registry Board to notify the Department of Revenue (DOR) and the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) when a sex offender fails to pay the annual registration fee and further requires DOR to intercept refunds and RMV to refuse to issue or renew licenses or registrations until the fee is paid.

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