Maine bill would protect children in leased parks

10:35 AM, May 24, 2013   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A bill to protect children in certain parks and fields from sex offenders has won final legislative approval and was sent to Gov. Paul LePage for his signature.

The proposal, which was approved Thursday by the Senate, would allow a municipality to prohibit a sex offender from living within 750 feet of state-owned property that's leased to a nonprofit organization for use as a park, athletic field or recreational facility that's open to the public.

The original bill, sponsored by Republican Rep. Matthew Pouliot of Augusta, applied the restriction to privately owned property used for youth recreation.

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