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OH: Councilman tables own proposed ordinance on sex offenders

AMHERST — A proposed ban which would have prevented registered sex offenders living within the city limits from participating in Halloween will have to wait.
At a committee meeting Monday, Phil Van Treuren made a motion to table the ordinance which he promoted one week ago through a news release.
Van Treuren said his proposed ordinance was recommended after seeing the Village of Orwell in Ashtabula County adopt a similar ordinance recently, prohibiting sex offenders from answering their door during and around Halloween.

After getting feedback from council members and Law Director Anthony Pecora, Van Treuren said he felt pushing an ordinance through before Thursday was not in the best interest of the city. Instead, he hopes to craft legislation that would be implemented in the future, preventing any sex offender from participating in Halloween within Amherst. Not just the 11 living within city limits. Full Article

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Thank God that the state of Ohio currently prohibits ex post facto laws. At least Ohio hasn’t sunk to the depth’s of injustice that California and many other states have. Most states seem to enact laws that make constitutional laws void. Sad.

This is great news! We are making a difference!! Instead of elected officials passing legislation that they don’t believe in, they are watching as cities and counties in California get sued for violating the U.S. Constitution.

Why say “currently prohibits expo facto laws”? Wouldn’t Ohio have to change its constitution and the US Constitution to not prohibit them? Wouldn’t that be a massive undertaking, bordering on the impossible? Explain the legaleze someone.

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