The Nebraska Legislature’s Judiciary Committee heard testimony regarding LB 60. Senator Brett Lindstrom introduced the bill as a reaction to a state Supreme Court decision that allowed a mother to maintain custody of her two daughters after she married a registered sex offender. The girls’ father had sued for custody.
A district court rejected the father’s request, and a four-justice majority on the Nebraska Supreme Court in August upheld the ruling, finding that the father didn’t prove his ex-wife’s new husband posed a risk to the girls.Lindstrom’s measure would shift that burden of proof to the parent or guardian who allows a registered sex offender to spend unsupervised time with a child. It starts with the presumption that living with or otherwise spending unsupervised time with a sex offender is not in a child’s best interest.The bill also would require everyone with custody or access rights to be notified that a sex offender is living with or has unsupervised access to the child.
Read more about Thursday’s hearing online in the Lincoln Journal-Star.