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Legislators approve bill that bans certain sex offenders from public parks

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma House of Representatives took action to prevent habitual or aggravated sex offenders from committing a crime again.

Senate Bill 1364 defines aggravated sex offenders as individuals who have committed a crime against a child.

Habitual offenders are people who have committed more than one sex crime.

Officials say they created the bill because the current law is unclear over whether or not state parks are included in a ban involving sex offenders.

Senate Bill 1364 also prohibits a habitual or aggravated sex offender from entering any property that is operated or supported in whole or in part by a city, town, county or state governmental authority as a park.

The measure was approved 93-1.

If the Senate accepts House amendments, it will head to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.