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Bill requires sex offenders to notify schools

Published On: May 07 2013 03:06:40 PM CDT

MADISON, Wis. -

The Wisconsin state Assembly has passed a bill requiring registered sex offenders to notify school officials before going onto school grounds.

The measure passed Tuesday on a 95-1 vote. Democratic Rep. Fred Kessler, of Milwaukee, was the lone no vote.

Bill sponsor Rep. Joel Kleefisch said the goal is to give schools information about the presence of sex offenders that they don't get now. He says many people don't realize it's not already the law for sex offenders to let schools know when they will be in a building, recreation area or other piece of property.

First-time violators would be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor, publishable by up to nine months in jail and a $10,000 fine.

No one registered to lobby against the bill.

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