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Committee Continues Discussion On State Sex Offender Laws

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RALEIGH, N.C. — State lawmakers met Wednesday for the second time this month to discuss toughening sex offender laws by improving the registration and tracking of sex offenders in the state.

One idea that has been up for discussion is requiring registered sex offenders to pay a fee to offset the cost -- currently about $300 a year pre offender -- of tracking them. Most counties would need help paying for enforcement if sex offenders stay on the registry longer -- something discussed by the committee on March 1.

Another idea prevents them from living near schools or day-care centers.

The committee plans to present a bill in the short session in May.

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