Revamped bill to keep sex offenders off social media passes committee

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A bill to restrict sex offenders’ use of social media passed out of a Senate committee Tuesday.

If passed, the revamped bill would prevent class A felony child molesters and sex offenders convicted of child solicitation from using sites like Facebook or Twitter.

SB 220 would also prohibit persons required to register as sex or violent offenders for crimes like kidnapping, seduction and exploitation from using social media websites to communicate with Hoosiers younger than age 16 without parents’ or guardians’ permission.

If passed, Violators could face a year or more in jail.

Last month, the 7th U.S. Circuit of Appeals in Chicago overturned a federal judge’s decision to ban sex offenders from visiting the websites, saying the “blanket ban” was too broad and did not protect children.

The bill now moves to the full Senate.

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  • tod

    This revision only addresses half of the federal objection. Clearly it is now limited to only those who might pose a threat to children, but it is STILL to broad. Do lawmakers know what 'broad' means in this context? It means that the legislation's definition of social networking could be used to include virtually any site where users go to give opinions on a wide range of topics. This is still going create a freedom of speech issue, and the court will strike it down!

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