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Mar 1, 2015 10:27 AM

Lawmakers debate lifting sex offender residency restrictions

The Associated Press

CONCORD (AP) - NH's legislature is again debating whether to ban municipalities from restricting where sex offenders can live at a time when some other states are cracking down.

NH state police support a measure eliminating residency restrictions, saying they make it more difficult for police to track the state's 2,700 sex offenders. But a Derry lawmaker called eliminating the restrictions "preposterous."

The legislature's Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee is expected to send the proposal to the full House this week. The House last year supported the ban on residency restrictions by a vote of 231-97, but the Senate killed the bill by consigning it to an interim study.

Veteran Manchester Sen. Lou D'Allesandro predicts the bill will again fail in the Senate.


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