FRANKFORT - Registered sex offenders would need written permission to enter school or day care grounds under a bill passed by the House yesterday.
House Bill 303 was considered by the body earlier in the session but was sent back to the Judiciary Committee after some legislators said they thought the bill was too soft on sex offenders. "I tried to say this is not being soft, this is being hard on them because there are not restrictions now whatsoever," said Rep. Mike Cherry, D-Princeton, the bill's sponsor.
The current version of the bill removes exceptions from the bill that would have allowed juvenile offenders enrolled at a school and adult offenders with children at a school or daycare center to be on the grounds without restrictions.
The bill now would require any registered sex offender to receive written permission in advance from a school principal, the school board, or the day care director. Certain information regarding the person's status would have to be disclosed before permission could be granted.