Sex offender bill makes progress in SC House

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March 11, 2008

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The South Carolina House has given key approval to a bill that would limit where certain sex offenders can live.

The legislation says convicted child molesters can't move their residence to within 1,000 feet of schools, day care centers, parks and public playgrounds.

The bill still needs one more routine vote before heading to the Senate.

It also requires school districts to provide a link on their Web site or a list to parents of sex offenders who live within 1,000 feet of a bus stop.

Sex offenders who violate the law could be charged with a misdemeanor on the first offense and face up to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine.

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