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TX: Marion forced to abandon tough sex offender ordinance over lawsuit threat

The city of Marion was given an ultimatum recently, as Texas Voices For Reason and Justice (TVRJ) and the Law Office of Richard Gladden sent a letter asking the city to repeal a local sex offender ordinance.  Full Article

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“Texas law states that no registered sex offender can live within 500 feet of community safety zones or 1,000 feet of the victim, schools, or childcare facilities. ”

Ummm…I’ve lived in Texas over 30 years and been registered for the last 4 and I am not aware of this.

There is no state registry restriction, other than what is required or suggested during probation and parole which can be over-ridden by a judge (unlike any actual laws against sex offenders).

Where did they get this?

Sometimes it seems that one of the most difficult hurdles in the fight against this insanity is getting people to realize that difference between registrants who are still under correctional supervision and those who aren’t, because as long as probation/jail/prison/punishment are conflated in their minds with registration (as they are here in this article), all of the restrictions make perfect sense to them and it’s nearly impossible to move forward into productive conversation.

The error in this article pretty much encapsulates that ignorance. Texas does have residency restrictions for those on parole (not to mention the host of other condition X restrictions that go along with them.) Probation carries them, too, but less onerously.

The only reason Texas doesn’t yet have statewide restrictions is due to the exhausting uphill effort of MarySue and Texas Voices. The lege came THAT close last session to passing a law with worse restrictions than even what parolees are required to adhere to. Living, working, even driving within 1000 feet of a safety zone (schools, movie theaters, churches, public pools and parks, and many others) would have become a felony offense. That law will be coming up again in a few months and it has some powerful people backing it. It’s going to be a rough session.

WantsToHelp…what is your source for your second to last sentence? I have heard representatives will be putting forth a bill in the January session to allow general law municipalities to adopt ordinances restricting where registered citizens can live, which in a small town, effectively banishes them from the town. And I have heard there will be people fighting against this bill.

I have not heard anything about the statewide proximity restriction that you mention in your second to last sentence. Do state representatives plan on pushing a statewide proximity restriction bill again?

You can read the language of the bill from last session here:

As I understand it, this bill and another like it were put forth specifically to answer the issue of general law cities being unable to enact their own residency ordinances–the thought process being that if the smaller towns couldn’t go above state law, then a statewide restriction solved the problem. “Sex Offender” bills are filed every session. In light of the lawsuits, the debate has grown quite heated, and the bill authors are convinced they are doing the right thing. We should not only assume but expect this bill or some version of it to be filed again. And hope that it isn’t.

As to sources on the above, I’m afraid I no longer have links to the news articles in which representatives were interviewed about the bills and why they filed them.

Uum, that’s interesting, an rc isn’t aware, but the writer of the article is. Just another example of the failure of due process I suppose. Anyways, I have to hand it to the politicians and legislators of this forsaken nation, they sure no how to whip up hatred, discrimination, and fear in a short period of time. In just less than 20 years they’ve reintroduced slavery, eliminated privacy, wiped out over a hundred years of legal precedents, destroyed the 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, 13th, and 14th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution, have given children more rights and protection than adults, can decide where citizens can live and what they can or cannot do, and still have the nerve to claim this is the land of the free and brave.

This is the ultimate form of audacity and hypocrisy. There is a mental health diagnosis for such behavior you know, its called mass hysteria and paranoia. Like the whole UFO phenomenon. No real proof, just so called sightings and media deception. Yes, the human race is as gullible as it gets. A real divine kind of slime, and now you can understand why a guy like Hitler could convince people to murder and believe they could take over the world.

People who think the SORA’s and registration is legal are the same brand of people. Last nights debate is an example of this countries mental health. I didn’t watch it, but judging from the headlines it appeared Hillary was being stalked by a pacing lunatic who looked like he wanted to “grab her by the pu**y”.

What’s next on the agenda, open up adult proof safezones for children, sterilization of anyone that commits a crime, anger prohibitors placed in the brain, trackers placed inside every person at birth, truth and lie committees, mine fields along the borders and machine gun emplacements, passports only for the rich and perfect. Yup, the evolution of humanity is sadly disgusting. And America leads the way as usual.

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