A new House member from Cherokee County is engulfed in quite the firestorm after introducing a bill that would eliminate restrictions keeping sex offenders away from areas such as playgrounds and schools. Rep. Sam Moore (R-Macedonia), who was sworn in on Feb. 11, says H.B. 1033 is aimed at eliminating vague laws against loitering. House leaders said the bill would have the effect of repealing a state law banning sex offenders from places where children gather.
State officials say sex offenders on parole in Georgia face several restrictions aimed at keeping them from using Halloween to commit crimes. Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles officials say that sex offenders under parole supervision will not be allowed to decorate the outside of their homes or have outside lights turned on.
Schools, libraries and other public buildings in Savannah's Chatham County now have binders showing area sex offenders. Authorities delivered photos of more than 400 sex offenders to more than 100 public places. A new state law requires all sheriffs to have sex offender information in print -- not just online.
The state's independent auditing arm says, Georgia is spending a million-and-a-half dollars a year for an inefficient, outdated and error-prone sex offender registry. The audit says, the database is so bad, local sherrifs have to maintain their own, separate registries and the public has a hard time finding useful information about sex offenders online. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation maintains the registry.