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Replacement measure on sex offender restrictions OK’d

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A court decision striking down parts of a North Carolina law designed to keep some sex offenders away from children has led the state Senate to approve a replacement while the ruling is appealed.

Senators voted unanimously Thursday for the measure, which responds to the federal judge’s ruling that found the 2008 law unconstitutionally vague and pointed out some registered offenders were covered even though their crimes were not against children.

The new measure would ban sex offenders who have been identified by a court as threats to children from places like arcades, parks and swimming pools. Other language covers libraries and local and state fairs are held there.

The bill now heading to the House also says the previous law is reinstated if courts ultimately uphold it.

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