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UPDATE: Gov. Walker signs sex offender notification bill

UPDATED Friday, December 13, 2013 --- 5:40 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that requires registered sex offenders to notify school officials before they venture onto school grounds.

The Republican measure overwhelmingly passed the Assembly in May. The Senate approved the bill on a voice vote in September. Walker signed it Friday.

The proposal requires sex offenders to let schools known when they will be in a school building, recreation area, athletic field or present on other school property. Violators can be found guilty of a misdemeanor.

The bill makes exceptions for people who have students attending the school or are on the grounds to vote or attend other non-school related events.

Backers say the goal is to give schools information about sex offenders' presence they don't get now.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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UPDATED Tuesday, September 17, 2013 --- 4:25 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Legislature has passed a bill requiring registered sex offenders to notify school officials before going onto school grounds.

The Republican-sponsored bill passed the Senate on Tuesday on a voice. It now goes to Gov. Scott Walker.

Bill backers say the goal is to give schools information about the presence of sex offenders that they don't now get. The proposal would require sex offenders to let schools know when they will be in a school building, recreation area, athletic field or other piece of property.

Exceptions are allowed for people who have children attending the school or are there to vote or other non-school events.

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

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Posted Tuesday, May 7, 2013 --- 2:01 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- 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 says 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.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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