A bill (H.R. 1727) introduced by Rep. Mary Bono (R-CA) that would require that local law enforcement collect information on convicted arsonists and bombers has been approved by the House of Representatives. It is now pending in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Under the bill, a convicted arsonist or bomber would have to register in each jurisdiction in which he or she lives, is employed, or is a student. The registry, which would be similar to that currently collected on sex offenders, would be available on the Internet. Grants would be established to help localities mitigate the costs of setting up the registry.