News 12 Midday, August 23, 2007
AIKEN CTY, S.C.-- Aiken County's sex offender law could change in less than a month, and council members are giving you a chance to make a difference.
The county council has passed the second of three readings on a new ordinance to change the county's sex offender laws.
The council is concerned on how the state categorizes sex offenders.
And while the county can't change state laws, they can help protect the children in Aiken County.
The new law would make it illegal for registered sex offenders to hang around or live within 1,000 feet of a child care facility, church, school or any area where minors hang out.
Councilwoman LaWana McKenzie says the council is trying to protect, while being fair.
"We don't want them to be punished their entire life for something that wasn't a true sexual crime."
The suggested new rules are based on Georgia's new sex offender law. The council is worried sex offenders from Georgia will move over to South Carolina.
McKenzie stresses parents are still the number 1 safeguard from sex offenders.
The final reading will be on September 18th. If passed, it will become law in Aiken.