Measure Passed Legislature With Unanimous Vote, Bipartisan Support
Gov. Tony Evers has vetoed a bipartisan bill that would have lifted state restrictions on how close people convicted of sex crimes can live to schools.
The bill, which passed the state Assembly and Senate unanimously, would have repealed a state law that bars sexually violent persons from living less than 1,500 feet from schools, public parks, places of worship or youth centers.
The bill would also have required offenders be placed in their home county after being released from prison or a mandated treatment program.
In his veto message, Evers said the change would have compromised children’s safety.
“Providing as safe of a place as we can for our kids to grow, learn, and play is one of the most vital responsibilities of our society,” his veto message read.