Created: 05/21/2014 6:52 AM WHEC.com
By: Associated Press and News10NBC
An upstate New York legislator is calling for passage of Brittany's Law.
The measure, which has passed the state Senate, would create a registry of violent felony offenders similar to the sex offender registry, and it would be available to the public.
Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush of Black River says the public should have the right to know if they're working with or living near an ex-con.
If passed, convicted, violent felons will have to register with the state Department of Criminal Justice Services upon being released from any state or local facility, including hospitals and mental institutions.
The legislation also would require them to register annually with law enforcement to allow for better tracking.
The bill is named after 12-year-old Brittany Passalacqua of Geneva. Passalacqua and her mother, Helen Buchel, were stabbed to death by Buchel's boyfriend, John Edward Brown of Palmyra, in November 2009. Brown was on parole at the time after serving more than two years in prison for assaulting his infant daughter.
Montana, Illinois, Indiana, Florida, Kansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Nevada already have such registries.