It is essentially a rewrite of Georgia’s sex offender law which many critics have called unconstitutional.
Now registered sex offenders convicted before June 4th, 2003 are no longer restricted from living and working near places where children congregate like schools, day cares and parks.
The law also lets sex offenders who have done their time petition a superior court to have them removed from the sex offender’s registry.
The law helps people like Wendy Whitaker. The Augusta woman was forced to move out of her home because of consensual sex with a 15-year-old when she was 17.
The act, now considered a misdemeanor, landed her on the sex offender registry.
Whittaker is currently the lead plaintiff in a class action law suit against the state filed by the Southern Center for Human Rights.