Assembly OKs uniform restrictions regarding where violent sex offenders can live

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MADISON — The Wisconsin Assembly has signed off on a bill creating uniform restrictions on where violent sex offenders can live.

Right now local municipalities set up zones where sex offenders can’t live through local ordinances. The bill would bar violent sex offenders from living within 1,500 feet of any school, day care, youth center, church or public park anywhere in the state.

If the sex offender committed a crime against a child, he couldn’t live next door to a child. If the offender committed the crime against an elderly or disabled person, he couldn’t live within 1,500 feet of a nursing home or other assisted living facility.

Local ordinances would generally remain enforceable.

The Assembly approved the bill 64-34 on Tuesday, February 9th. The measure goes next to the Senate.