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March 22, 2010 State bill would void municipal sex offender residency ordinances
By Jennifer K. Woldt of The Northwestern
Determining where sex offenders can reside may be taken out of local
hands if the Wisconsin legislature acts on a bill currently making its
way through committee, a move some officials do not think is
A bill currently before the state Assembly’s Committee on Corrections
and Courts would nullify local ordinances that restrict where sex
offenders can reside.
Town of Algoma Chairman Time Blake, who helped craft the town’s
ordinance, said determining where sex offenders can reside is an issue
that is best dealt with at a local level because communities know what
they want and how to best handle the issues they are facing.
The bill would not allow communities the ability to do that, Blake
Under the bill, ordinances local municipalities would no longer have
the ability to enact ordinances that restrict where sex offenders can
reside. Any ordinances currently in place would no longer be valid.
The bill would require level one sex offenders, those who have been
committed as sexually violent individuals or have committed certain
specific sex offenses against a child, be supervised with a global
positioning system for life and be restricted from living within 100
to 250 feet from areas where children congregate.
“It does absolutely nothing to protect our children,” said Blake, who
took part in the March 11 public hearing held on the bill. “And that’s
what these ordinances are created to do, to keep sexual predators away
from our kids.”
The Town of Algoma became the first municipality in the state to
restrict where registered sex offenders could live when it approved an
ordinance in November 2006.
Other municipalities around the state, including Green Bay,
Ashwaubenon and Little Chute, passed similar ordinances.
Algoma’s ordinance prohibits sex offenders who have victimized a child
younger than 16 years old from living within 2,000 feet of parks,
playgrounds, churches, schools and bike trails. However, the ordinance
also provides a mechanism that would allow offenders to live within
the child safe zones if they meet certain criteria.
Rep. Richard Spanbauer, R-Town of Algoma, was chairman when the town
enacted its residency restriction ordinance in 2006. He said having a
state law on where offenders would be able to live could give
uniformity throughout the state, however he thinks some changes need
to be made to the current bill.
He said he had questions about whether the 100 to 250 foot distance
from areas where children congregate was far enough away. Spanbauer
also noted he would like to make sure the bill addressed offenders who
had victimized young children and not teenagers who were involved in
“If they are making a state law that’s going to water it down to a
point where it’s not as effective, I would not be in support of it,”
Spanbauer said. “It helps to have teeth.”
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