In Maine the Adam Walsh Act is seen (from the defense perspective) as an improvement over the current state of affairs. While it may be just as draconian in some respects, the AWA at least holds open the possibility, in theory, of an evaluation to see if a registrant is an ongoing risk and assess whether offenders should have to register. There are other improvements over the current state of law here as well.
This New York Times article details a variety of challenges to the AWA from both the prosecution and defense perspective. I have previously written of the defense challenges-particularly the Commerce Clause theories. I was unaware that there was any pushback for such localized concerns as Alaska's where someone in the remote bush might have totravel by bushplane to register. AWA does not create any allowances for this sort of problem. At heart, I am an ardant federalist and state's rights kind of guy. As a defense lawyer, however, I see the states' temptation to constantly ratchet up the severity of these laws as well as my clients' efforts to deal with the patchwork of state laws as they may happen to move around. I have seen the AWA as a worthy attempt to balance the inevitability of a registration law with the need for consistency and fairness to offenders. It would certainly be an improvement in my home jurisdiction. Perhaps AWA needs a rewrite to allow a bit more state flexibility