A proposal to publish California’s list of convicted sex offenders on the Internet has stalled as state lawmakers argue over precisely how to pinpoint a sex offender’s home, says the Los Angeles Times.
Republicans want to post home and work addresses on the Internet. Some Democrats prefer a vaguer description of where a sex offender lives, to guard against vigilantism. The California law to make sex offender information public – known as Megan’s Law – expires at the end of the year unless renewed by the Legislature.
“The liberal Democrats in the Assembly are more concerned about protecting sex offenders and where they live than protecting children,” said Assemblyman Todd Spitzer (R-Orange). Assemblyman Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), chairman of the Assembly public safety committee, said, “We’re trying to balance the needs of the community and the privacy rights of individuals who committed horrible, obnoxious crimes, but who have served their time and have been deemed by a court to be safe enough to be returned to the community.”