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Default Bill would require registered sex offenders to notify employers

Bill would require registered sex offenders to notify employers
By SAMANTHA YOUNG, Associated Press Writer
Last Updated 6:29 am PDT Friday, May 26, 2006

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Registered sex offenders who want to work in close contact with children would be required to notify prospective employers of their convictions under a bill approved Thursday by the Assembly.

Lawmakers passed the bill by a unanimous vote despite criticism from some criminal justice attorneys that registrants could be banished from service and retail jobs where minors work.

Assemblyman Todd Spitzer, R-Orange, said he introduced the bill after reports last year that some shopping mall Santa Clauses were registered sex offenders.

The measure would expand existing law, which mandates that sex offenders disclose their status to employers only if they work directly with children and in an unaccompanied setting.

Spitzer said the threat to children is broader than a costumed Santa at the local mall. It also applies to a number of jobs where adults interact with children, such as clowns who entertain at parties or staff at day camps, he said...


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