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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

 4:46 PM 

Sexually violent person placement bill clears Assembly

The Assembly has passed a bill 64-34 dealing with residency requirements for sexually violent people.

Dem Rep. Frederick Kessler, of Milwaukee, joined Republicans in voting in favor.

The amended bill by Rep. Mark Born, R-Beaver Dam, includes several guidelines for placement. Those include certain distance restrictions, such as not within 1,500 feet of schools, child care operations, public parks, churches or youth centers. The bill, among other things, also sets certain limitations on local sex offender registry requirements, one of the provisions that raised Dem objections.

Rep. Peter Barca tried and failed to refer the bill to the Children and Families Committee. The Kenosha Dem said a topic of such importance requires the Legislature “exercise due caution.”

“This bill has real-world implications,” he said. “I shudder to think that we might victimize someone again.”

Born, though, said the bill and sub amendment are about public safety and finding a reasonable way to return offenders to their counties of origin. He said even sexually violent offenders have constitutional protections, and lawmakers are obliged to uphold them.

“If it was just my preference,” Born said, “we’d never let these people out.”


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