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Washington State Superintendent To Strengthen Sex Offender Notification Law

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OLYMPIA, Wash . - State Superintendent Randy Dorn has requested legislation that would strengthen notification to schools that certain criminals have been released.

The legislation would require that, no later than 30 days prior to the release of a youth, who is convicted of a violent offense, a sex offense or stalking and who is currently incarcerated in an adult facility, public officials must notify the district in which the youth lives or plans on living. This mirrors law currently in place for offenders released from juvenile institutions.

"School officials have the right to know that a sex offender is in their district," Dorn said. "They need it so they can make sure their students are safe, but also so they can determine the best placement of the offender. Right now, our state doesn't require that disclosure in all cases."

The issue has arisen in several districts across the state and was brought to Dorn's attention by the Vancouver School District in southwest Washington.

The bill, Senate Bill 5428, was introduced by Senators McAuliffe, Harper, Hargrove, Stevens, Zarelli, Pridemore, Shin and Roach. A companion bill, House Bill 1549, was introduced by Representatives Dahlquist, Armstrong, Hurst, Pearson, Hope, Moscoso, Dammeier, Anderson, Wilcox, McCune, Kelley and Smith.

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