Legislature considers revising sex offender laws

Legislature considers revising sex offender laws

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Two bills designed to strengthen rules governing sex offenders will be debated on the House floor following committee approval.

One proposal, House Bill 41, would require officials to update registries within five days after a sex offender has moved to keep neighborhood records current. Utah has about 7,000 registered sex offenders.

The other, House Bill 29, would require registered offenders to obtain written permission from children's parents to accompany them anywhere. Both bills were approved by a legislative panel Wednesday.

Little opposition is expected to either bill. Both bills passed in the House and Senate last year, but lawmakers ran out of time before they could give them final approval.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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