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MA: From the Capitol: Democrats reject common sense fixes

[journalstandard.com 4/20/18]

This last week in Springfield has me thinking about common sense more and more. Democrats on the Judiciary Committee have run roughshod over what I believe are common sense solutions. It certainly seems that common sense isn’t so common, and I began to wonder how the term originated.

The Sex Offenses and Sex Offender Registration Subcommittee voted down House Bill 4318. After a rapist gets out of prison they can move right next door to their victim. You read that correctly. There are no living restrictions for a convicted rapist when it comes to their victim. HB4318 established a 1-mile radius living restriction between a rapist and the victim.

A registered sex offender cannot live within 500 feet of a school. Surely it is reasonable to protect rape victims from living next door to their rapist. The subcommittee Democrats argued that rapists do not need any additional restrictions after being released from prison.

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  1. LostandDevastated

    This must be old. Patrick is no longer governor and residency restrictions were found unconstitutional in 2015

    • JoeHillsGhost

      The article is from Illinois. The author, Brian Stewart, is a Republican state representative in Illinois.

  2. Fb

    Doesn’t it stand to reason that if you’re required to live at least 1 mile from a victim that you would be entitled to know your victim’s address. Even if they try to move away? I mean how else would you know if you were in compliance with the law?

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