CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – New Hampshire lawmakers are negotiating a compromise over a bill to establish a new system for classifying sex offenders and requirements for them to register after getting out of prison.

The bill creates a three-tier system for classifying sexual offenders and offenders against children. It recognizes that differences between sex crimes can vary from more minor offenses like indecent exposure to much more serious offenses like child molestation and forcible rape.

For the most serious offenses, lifetime registration on the public list will be required while for lesser offenses the period can be shorter and the ability to petition off the list will be available in certain circumstances.

The Senate removed a House provision that would have required the state to collect DNA from all felons – instead requiring the samples to be taken from sex offenders and violent offenders. The Senate also refused to support publicly listing where sex offenders work. The Senate said that punished employers.

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