House Okays Sex Crimes Bill

JANUARY 19, 2007 - Posted at 12:25 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The House unanimously approved a proposal today that would prohibit awarding custody or visitation to a convicted sex offender unless a judge finds that the offender poses no danger to the child.

The proposal is by Representative Dawn Creekmore, a Democrat from East End.  Creekmore says the legislation contains a "rebuttable presumption" that it is not in the best interest of a child to be placed with a sex offender.

The House voted 98-to-0 in favor of the measure.

Yesterday, the House approved a bill that would require courts to notify schools when a student has been charged with a sex crime.

The House has adjourned for the day.  The Senate took the day off.

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