Sex Offender Lists May Become Public

March 5, 2003
Posted at: 9:17 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The House agreed to minor Senate changes and passed a bill that would make information on the most serious registered sex offenders public.

The bill goes to the governor for his signature. The measure by Representative Mike Creekmore of Hensley also would prohibit such sex offenders from living within two-thousand feet of an elementary school, high school or day care center.

Sex offenders who had already established residence near a school or day-care center before it was built would be exempt, as would those in residence before the law takes effect. Failure to comply could lead to a felony charge.

The House also passed legislation by Creekmore that would require senders of unsolicited sexually explicit e-mail messages to make clear what kind of content it is. The bill would allow e-mail users to request that they not receive such messages from that sender in the future.

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