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Wed February 20, 2013
Legislation would put more people on sex offender registry
LANSING, MI (AP)-- More Michigan residents may soon be added to the state's online public sex offender registry.
The full House passed a bill Tuesday that would require people convicted of a single Tier I offense for some crimes involving minors to be placed on the online sex offender registry. Offenses that would qualify would include unlawful imprisonment if the victim is a minor and knowingly possessing sexually abusive material of a child.
The bill's sponsor, Republican Senator Rick Jones of Grand Ledge says the bill will allow the public to "protect their children and grandchildren."
The House Fiscal Agency reports that a few hundred people would be added to the state's public registry. Currently people convicted of Tier II and III offenses are already placed on the registry.