Bills target registered sex offenders

When state legislators run out of original, useful, ideas, they often fall back on the one fail-safe for anyone who harbors political ambition — pass laws to make life more difficult for registered sex offenders.

For instance:

-A Missouri legislator has introduced a bill that would prohibit registered sex offenders from coming withing 500 feet of children’s museums and zoos.

-A bill in South Carolina would prevent registrants from becoming locksmiths.

-Meanwhile in Rhode Island, politicians are seeking to address the problem of homeless sex offenders by limiting the number of registrants who can stay at the state’s homeless shelters.

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