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Nebraska Bill Takes Aim at Sex Offenders

Nebraska Bill Takes Aim at Sex Offenders

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Paul Gutierrez

OMAHA (KPTM) - A bill making its rounds in the Nebraska Legislature would make it illegal for child sex offenders to live within 500 feet of a park 2,500 square feet in size or bigger statewide.

It's called LB 473 and its main proponent is State Senator Dave Bloomfield of District 17.  He believes his bill would make for a safer community.  Some parents agree.

"I personally like the bill," said proud parent Noni Cambridge.

Marty Bilek, chief deputy at the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, also favors the bill.

"It's a good idea in many respects because it considers only the most dangerous child predators."

Though on board, Bilek also wonders if maybe the bill's language could use a little tweaking.

"What we have to be concerned about though is you could get to the point where you could get so restrictive of your sex offenders that they have nowhere else to live.  That forces them underground and that's counterproductive."

Opponents of the bill testifying in Lincoln on Wednesday said they saw the bill as more of a symbolic law than an effective one.

LB 473 marks the third time State Senator Bloomfield has tried to advance a bill similar to the one he's proposing now.  He also tried in 2009 and 2011.

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