Attorney general defends Prop. 83 |

Attorney general defends Prop. 83

California’s attorney general has come out in support of a measure recently approved by state voters that tightens restrictions on where registered sex offenders can live.

Detractors of the measure, Proposition 83, warn that under the measure’s language, most suburban and metropolitan areas of the state would be off limits to sex offenders. As a result, the offenders could be forced to live in more rural areas, including Nevada County, they add.

Local law enforcement officials are awaiting instructions from the Attorney General’s Office on how to enforce the new measure, which also has the potential of displacing several registered sex offenders who live close to schools and parks in Nevada County.

California Attorney General Bill Lockyer filed a motion Wednesday afternoon opposing a federal judge’s hold on Prop. 83, which prohibits sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of any school or park.

The day after voters passed the measure, an unidentified sex offender filed a lawsuit arguing the measure should only apply to offenders who register after Prop. 83 was approved.

U.S. District Judge Susan Illston ruled Prop. 83 was unconstitutional because it is punitive, and she issued a temporary restraining order against its residency requirements.

A hearing to address the restraining order and Lockyer’s motion is scheduled for 11 a.m., Nov. 27, in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco.


To contact Staff Writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail or call 477-4236.

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