Iowa recently settled issues involving homeless sex offenders by doing something Florida hasn’t found the political will to do: change its sexual-predator law, the Miami Herald reports. The Iowa legislature — with almost no dissent — passed a new sex-offender law that superseded local ordinances and eased residency requirements for minor sex offenders. The law ended the ban against some sex offenders living within 2,000 feet of a school or day-care center and created other zones where they are prohibited from lingering,visiting, or working.
The new statute is less confusing, and it has been lauded by law enforcement, victims’ rights advocates, the American Civil Liberties Union, prosecutors, and legislators as a positive step. Iowa offers a road map for Florida to break its political stalemate over how to deal with convicted sex offenders who have left prison.