Bill to ban sex offenders from places for minors moves ahead

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina lawmakers are moving forward with a bill prohibiting some sex offenders from being near children while a similar state law from 2009 remains under federal review.

A Senate Judiciary committee approved a bill Tuesday by Wilson Republican Sen. Buck Newton to ban sex offenders who have been identified as threats to children from places like arcades, parks and swimming pools.

The committee added language to include libraries and the State Fairgrounds during the fair. The law If the law is approved, it would take effect in September.

The state’s 2009 law banning sex offenders from places children gather was ruled unconstitutionally broad by a federal court in April. The state has appealed the ruling.

Newton says the state would maintain the 2009 law if the appeal is successful.

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